Guilhem & J-Hugues Goisot Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre Biaumont Blanc 2013
Single vineyard Chardonnay. Like any part of Burgundy, the Côtes d’Auxerre is in fact a mosaic of small climats or terroirs. Goisot farm a mind boggling 43 individual parcels, with only the finest three Chardonnay sites bottled individually: Gueules de Loup, Biaumont, and Gondonne. This is drawn from an old vine, single hectare parcel in a site called Les Biaumonts. The vines here are aged between 32-48 years old, and although this climat shares a similar soil profile to Gueules de Loup, it has a sunnier, south/southwest aspect and there is also more brown clay in the still very rocky, limestone rich soil. This is denser and more structured than the Gueules de Loup or the Gondonne this year, reflecting its more clay rich soils. It’s a terrific white Burgundy with real presence and persistence on the palate, ripe apple, nectarine and crushed herb aromas and flavours and a spicy, powdery close. As the review below makes clear, this is very impressive wine.
Allen Meadows – Here too there is a touch of wood setting off citrus and mineral reduction scents. There is fine volume to the delicious and impressively voluminous flavors that possess excellent punch on the stony and solidly complex finale. Once again this is really good stuff for its level. 88 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 60
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – “The Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre Biaumont has hints of dried honey and dried quince on the well-defined bouquet, peach skin developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, citrus fresh with orange rind and dried apricot. I love the focus and penetration here, the finish overflowing with energy and precision. What a fabulous wine, one that comes strongly recommended.” 93 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #226
In a mixed or straight case: $63.64