Guilhem et Jean-Hugues Goisot Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre Chardonnay Blanc 2020

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Tasting Notes

From the producer: A delicious white burgundy that holds its own with neighboring Chablis. Flavors range from pear to grapefruit to subtle ginger spice. Richness reflects low yields and warmth of the vintage, combined with a classic Goisot style of lovely texture, persistent length and racy drive.

 

Our notes: Aromatic nose of anise, marzipan, florality, malt and hay. On the palate, it is medium to more with a touch of apple and apple skin, almond paste and lemon candy. It is also lightly chalky and floral. This is not oaky, but it is creamy with a very nice texture and a long finish.

WINE INFORMATION

Domaine Goisot should be known as a fine Chablis estate, but history has not been particularly kind to the region, as Saint Bris was removed from the Chablis appellation after phylloxera paralyzed the area in the late nineteenth century. Prior to this, Saint Bris was part of Chablis, which seems quite logical, given that it shares the same base of profound Kimmeridgian limestone and the same northerly climate as its neighbor a few kilometers to the east. But now Saint Bris is officially a sub-region of the Côte d’Auxerre, which is only officially entitled to Bourgogne status. However, one of the delightful side effects of the switch is that the Goisots, unlike their Chablisien brethren, are allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc and Aligoté in addition to Chardonnay. In this way, Saint Bris is like a tiny combination of Chavignol and Chablis in one sleepy village.

Guilhem and and father Jean-Hugues Goisot, like all top vignerons in France, recognize that great wine comes from great viticulture, and they work tirelessly in the vines to ensure that their parcels are as well cared for as possible. Their viticulture is certified biodynamic, with great pains taken to produce as natural an environment for the vines, and a particular goal of stimulating the natural defenses of the vines against disease and depredation. Yields are also kept very low by Saint Bris standards, in an effort to produce world class wines that defy the dictates of the late nineteenth century officials who downgraded Saint Bris and cast it from the Chablisienne constellation. The results are a bevy of beautifully made wines that have a very strong following in France and offer an absolutely brilliant price-quality ratio. The wines across the board are deep, racy and soil-driven, with as transparent an expression of underlying chalky terroir as any in Chablis proper.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Ham, Lobster & Crab, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables

Color/Type:
White
Origin:
France, Burgundy , Cotes D'Auxerre
Grape Varietal:
100% Chardonnay
Price:
$24.00 each
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