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About This Wine
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.
Wines from Burgundy
A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.
Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.
The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production
When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.
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