Yields are in the low 30hh on average, and after picking the grapes are destalked on average 85%, transferred directly into ancient wooden vats, punched down by foot by Jean and Pierre twice a day during a two/three weeks fermentation. They are then aged for 12 months minimum in new to 15yo 600ltr demi-muids, assembled in cuve for 5 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered at the end of February with a low total sulphur level of around 40mg/l. Not much to say apart from Gonon wines are simply incredible. Age worthy, powerful and just incredible winemaking.
Notes on the producer
Pierre Gonon was a mainstay at Mauves for many years, making quietly understated wines. He was joined by his two sons Jean in 1986 and Pierre in 1988, with the brothers sharing most tasks. Their father had to retire early due to ill health in 1989, and since then the brothers have worked with a passion to raise this domaine to the point where it is now generally considered as the leading domaine in Saint-Joseph.The brothers initially made wines from two cramped cellars, but in 2002 they finished construction of a new winemaking cave, still linked to one of the two ancient, atmospheric cellars. The domaine's vines are planted in the original heart of the Saint-Joseph appellation, the granitic terraced hillsides of Mauves and Tournon.