Guilhem & J-Hugues Goisot Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula Blanc 2017

$43.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Sauvignon Blanc. St-Bris is Burgundy's only AOC for Sauvignon Blanc (and the very rare Sauvignon Gris). Exogyra Virgula is the name of the comma-shaped, fossilised oyster that is so abundant in the soils in this part of the world. This wine, which has justifiably developed something of a cult following, hails from the Kimmeridgian soils of the Cornevin, Côte de la Canne and La Roncie vineyards: all north-facing slopes (170-200m.a.s.l) carpeted with exogyra virgula fossils. From a warm vintage, it's even less varietal than usual (which as we know is a good thing). In fact, forget about the variety. When massale selection, old vine Sauvignon is grown well on pure limestone soils, the result has nothing to do with the variety. Think the very finest Sancerre and you will be getting close to the quality, personality and sheer deliciousness on offer here. Lifted, ripe and succulent aromatics lead to silky, beautifully balanced palace with layers of textural stone fruit, golden delicious and honey blossom leads to a chalky, powdery close. Incredibly delicious now, it will certainly age well and will be fascinating to revisit in 2 or 3 years.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Saint-Bris
Brand Goisot
Vintage 2015

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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