Following on from 2020, which saw Burgundy’s Edouard Delaunay become the biggest winner at the IWC 2020 with 8 trophies, including Red Winemaker of the Year (and Best International Pinot Noir and Best French Red Wine), 2021 sees their winning streak continue as Christophe Briotet, their Head Winemaker, has made it the double and been crowned the IWC White Winemaker of the Year.
Success has come again to talented young winemaker, Briotet, in what is only his third vintage with Edouard Delaunay. Based in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, the estate has had a rapid rise up the charts in Burgundy since it’s relaunch in 2017. This latest accolade confirming the estate’s place among the region’s leading producers and one to keep a close eye on going forward.
Briotet, an experienced head winemaker and former cellar master at the School of Viticulture in Beaune, was blown away by his latest award. He says, “I can’t believe I’ve won the IWC’s White Winemaker of the Year on the back of Red Winemaker of the Year only last year! It’s such an honour as there are so many amazing winemakers out there. It’s a team effort and I’m just so humbled that our wines and our winemaking have been singled out again this year.”
Edouard Delaunay is owned by 5th generation Burgundian winemaker and Languedoc disrupter, Laurent Delaunay who bought back and refurbished his great grandfather’s estate at the end of 2017, 25 years after it had been sold. He comments, “I’m so grateful that Edouard Delaunay has received another prestigious international award from the IWC. I’m delighted for Christophe’s well-deserved success and that his winemaking expertise has been recognised again.” He continues, “For many years it has been my ambition to honour my family’s legacy by returning the Edouard Delaunay estate to its former glory and making it a leading Burgundian fine wine house once more. This award is one more step towards that goal.”
Making wines mainly from the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, Edouard Delaunay also has grapes from prestigious appellations like Corton-Charlemagne, Charmes-Chambertin and Clos Vougeot, as well as some rare Burgundian wines such as Montrachet and a Griotte-Chambertin which have made an appearance in the estate’s second vintage.
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 which was undergoing difficulties due to the illness of its director, Jean-Marie Delaunay, Laurent’s father, had to be sold.