Guilhem & J-Hugues Goisot Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre Rouge 2017

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Pinot Noir. This is simply outstanding for its level. The fruit is drawn from five lieux-dits on Auxerre's clay/limestone hillsides (80% Kimmeridgian soils, 20% Portlandian) and vine age is between 10 and 30 years old. The wines are fermented via wild yeasts in large tronconique shaped, oak fermenters and are then aged on lees, again in large oak, before being blended and bottled unfiltered. Only a very gentle pumping over and no punch downs (which was formerly the methodology). From very low yields, this is bright and super energetic with loads of deep cherry, anise and bitter chocolate notes and a long, fresh, smoky close with very fine tannins. My notes include the words, "Brilliant for the $$$. Buy whatever we can get." It's a moot point really as we can never get enough. Don't hesitate.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Bourgogne
Brand Goisot
Vintage 2017

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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