After just three years it was announced yesterday that Burgundian house, Edouard Delaunay was the biggest success story at the International Wine Challenge 2020. The estate won eight trophies, including the Burgundy Trophy, French Red Trophy, and the International Pinot Noir Trophy, as well as the Red Winemaker of the Year for Christophe Briotet, and 15 gold, 30 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Owner Laurent Delaunay could hardly believe the news when he found out saying, “This is massive! It is such an amazing recognition for our wines and all the hard work and determination of the entire team at Edouard Delaunay to make this project a success. It also shows that even a very traditional region like Burgundy is ready to change and to do things a bit differently.”

He continued, “My grandfather used to say that the House of Edouard Delaunay was ‘the smallest of the great Houses’. And for many years it has been my ambition to honour my family’s legacy by returning it to its former glory and making Edouard Delaunay a leading Burgundian wine house once more.”

This meteoric success story began in 2017, when Laurent Delaunay bought back his great grandfather’s winery in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits created in 1893. This was something he had wanted to do for years ever since his family had to part with it in the early 90s and he had left his beloved Burgundy to start Badet Clément and make branded wines in his second home, the Languedoc.

After an extensive refurbishment of the winery, Laurent was blessed with the help of grower friends and family in the region, and Badet Clément’s DVP (Domaine & Vins de Propriété), one of the largest specialists in distributing domaine wines in Burgundy which gave him access to an incomparable network, especially for grape sourcing. He then recruited a talented young Burgundian winemaker with great experience, including five years as chief winemaker at the school of viticulture in Beaune, who shared his wine making philosophy of purity and precision, and who last night was crowned the IWC’s Red Winemaker of the Year, Christophe Briotet.

Laurent Delaunay shared his delight on hearing the news saying, “I knew Christophe was a gifted winemaker and that we shared a common approach to winemaking based on an in-depth reflection about the terroir and the vines’ potential, its intrinsic character, prior to any winemaking and ageing decision. I couldn’t have made a better choice. I am absolutely thrilled with his success and this wonderful achievement.”

Edouard Delaunay’s eight IWC trophy winners are as follows:

Clos de la Roche Trophy, Burgundy Trophy, French Red Trophy,

International Pinot Noir Trophy: Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, 2017. 96/100

Chambolle-Musigny Trophy: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées, 2018. 96/100 

Clos Vougeot Trophy: Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, 2017. 96/100

Echézeaux Trophy: Echézeaux Grand Cru, 2018. 96/100

Corton-Charlemagne Trophy: Corton-Charlemagne  Grand Cru, 2017. 96/100

Since the relaunch, both the 2017 and 2018 Edouard Delaunay wines have also received exceptional scores and reviews from many of the world’s top wine critics and Burgundy specialists including Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Jasper Morris MW, Sarah Marsh MW, Neil Beckett and Michel Bettane.

Regarding the future, Laurent Delaunay says, “After we have finished celebrating our success which might take some time! We will start to propose our 2019 wines en primeur and then we have two main aims for 2021. The first, to explore the higher altitude vineyards of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, where our winery is located, which seems like it could provide a very interesting answer in the future to the issues of climate change.” He continues, “And our main objective for 2021 is Chablis, where we have started a new joint venture to launch a range of contemporary wines with a modern but strong personality featuring, with precision, the cool climate and stony, mineral, character of the Chablis wines which are so distinctive.” He concludes, “And finally we have leased our first vineyards this year in Pommard, in the Côtes de Beaune which is the next step in our plan to eventually purchase some Burgundian vineyards of our own.”

For the full list of Edouard Delaunay’s IWC medals and trophies click here:

Edouard Delaunay’s IWC 2020 trophies and medals