Guilhem & J-Hugues Goisot Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre Gueules de Loup Blanc 2020

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Tree sap, melted candle wax and a touch of diesel are all here, a decidedly intoxicating bouquet. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, hints of lemon and orange rinds. It is more austere than other Goisots, but there is a superb lemongrass and stem ginger finish that keeps this on its toes." 91 points, Neal Martin

About This Wine

Chardonnay, single-vineyard. Gueules de Loup is perhaps this region's most picturesque vineyard and is named after the beautiful flowers (snapdragons) that flourish in its soils. This one-hectare site faces south/southeast and the soils are almost pure limestone, which lends this cuvée its cooler, crunchier, mineral personality. The Goisots believe it is a terroir quite similar to the Vaillons 1er cru in Chablis but there is more "white Burgundy" personality here than we have ever seen from Vaillons. The vines are over 40 years old and the fruit undergoes a long, slow pressing. The fermentation occurs at around 25 degrees and the malo is in barrel, on lees. Maturation is all in barrels, on lees. This was super tight and closed when we tasted it last year at the Domaine - the palate was linear, crunchy and cool with white floral and quinine notes on the long, savoury finish. In addition to the note below, Allen Meadows adds that it is '... flat out terrific for a Bourgogne."

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Brand Goisot
Vintage 2020

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”.

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