Domaine-Thomson 2013 Explorer and 2011 Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir

Domaine-Thomson is the natural evolution for Pinot Noir-philes David Hall-Jones and Pui Mun Chan’s wine and life venture. Based in Hong Kong, but owning a home in Gevrey-Chambertin, the couple established Surveyor Thomson Wines with a 14 ha vineyard at Lowburn, near Cromwell dedicated to Pinot Noir in 2000, releasing their first wine ‘Surveyor Thomson’ from the 2003 vintage in 2005. The wine is named after David’s forebear who was New Zealand’s first Surveyor General. Then followed the ‘Explorer’ wine from the 2008 vintage, the name also referring to the pioneering work of Surveyor Thomson. In 2013, the couple purchased a small parcel of old vines in the ‘Les Evocelles’ vineyard in Gevrey Chambertin, which is projected to produce 40 cases of wine annually.

To represent David Hall-Jones and Pui Mun Chan’s new status as Pinot Noir growers in two hemispheres, ‘Domaine-Thomson’ has been created, with new livery and website. The labelling features a symbol that combines elements that represent both countries; the cockerel and kiwi for France and New Zealand respectively, a theodolite for the equipment used by Surveyor Thomson, and a scallop shell which comes from the stone fireplace of their home, which lies on one of the pilgrim routes of El Camino de Santiago, where the scallop is significant.

Here, I review the new 2013 ‘Explorer’ Pinot Noir and revisit the 2011 ‘Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir, both these wines made by their winemaker from the start, Dean Shaw, and both under the new ‘Domaine-Thomson’ labels. www.domainethomsonwines.com


  • Domaine-Thomson ‘Explorer’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Domaine-Thomson ‘Surveyor Thomson’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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