Burgundian Grande Maison, Edouard Delaunay, totally smashes it with a wealth of accolades in first year of relaunch!

It’s less than five months since Laurent Delaunay officially relaunched his great grandfather’s Burgundian Grande Maison, Edouard Delaunay, in Paris, and in year one of its reincarnation it has won what many producers can only dream about at such an early stage! A phenomenal 39 medals across the 3 major international wine competitions; the IWC, the IWSC and the DWWA4 golds,19 silver and 15 bronze, but its 2019 successes don’t stop there! In the IWC Edouard Delaunay was also awarded 2 trophies, its new, head winemaker, Christophe Briotet has been shortlisted for redwinemaker of the year, and the highest score in the IWC this year for all French wines went to its Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2017. And that’s not to mention the 8 Edouard Delaunay wines which were scored 88 points and over by internationally acclaimed wine critic, James Suckling.  

In 2017 Laurent Delaunay, President of Badet Clément – specialists in branded wines from Burgundy, the Languedoc, Provence and the Rhône -bought back from Boisset his great grandfather’s estate, which was created in 1893, and spent €1.5 million completely refurbishing it with the aim of restoring it to its former glory.

He says, “I would never have dreamt that the very first wines we’ve created at Edouard Delaunay would have been so successful in the first year of my ‘grand projet’ to return Edouard Delaunay to being one of the leading houses in Burgundy.” He continues, “This project is so personal and dear to my heart which makes this incredible early success even more meaningful.”

The newly launched Edouard Delaunay wines which are designed for the premium on-trade and independents, completely smashed it across all 3 of the big international wine competitions. However it was in the IWC where they really stood out. Not only did they pick up 2 trophies for Charmes- Chambertin Grand Cru 2017 and for Vougeot Premier Cru 2016, but the former received a score of 97/100 – the highest score in 2019 amongst all French wines, with only 8 other French wines in the competition obtaining this score!

Delaunay comments, “We were very lucky when we began this project that thanks to the many top estates we’re already working with via our company, DVP, which distributes Burgundian domaines, we already had grapes in prestigious appellations like Charmes-Chambertin.” He continues, “This good fortune combined with the talent and international experience of our new Head Winemaker, Christophe Briotet, seem to have combined to create some real magic!”

“My ambition for Edouard Delaunay is to make excellent high-end wines mainly from the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune and I am overwhelmed that things have got off to such a good start! We’re now hoping the success continues for Christophe at the IWC Awards Dinner next week! “ says Delaunay excitedly…. 

           

HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF EDOUARD DELAUNAY 

The House of Edouard Delaunay was created in 1893 by Edouard Delaunay, Laurent Delaunay’s great-grandfather. The son of a wine merchant from Nantes, he established himself in both Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges when he bought his father’s business as a Burgundy wine supplier. During the 20th century, the business grew both in France and abroad, dealing in some of the Côte de Nuits’ greatest estate wines.

In the early 1990s, nearly a century after the creation of Edouard Delaunay, the family business had to be sold to Boisset after undergoing difficulties due to the illness of its director, Jean-Marie Delaunay, Laurent’s father.

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