A rare look at Sauvignon Blanc grown in Burgundy. Organically farmed, super-textural. A lovely surprise packet here for Sauvignon drinkers.
Guilhem Goisot is one of the rising stars of Burgundy, his family vineyards and winery located in the tiny Saint-Bris appellation, not far from Chablis.
Along with his father, the highly-respected Jean-Hughes Goisot, Guilhem is crafting some of the best value wines coming out of Burgundy at the moment. With a heavy focus on biodynamic farming, these wines from lesser-known Burgundian appellations are some of the hottest property in French wine today.
In fact, France’s leading wine guide, Revue du Vin de France’s Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France has Goisot rated higher than all but 2 other producers (Both Chablis Cru producers), in the Yonne section of the guide.
If you want high-quality white Burgundy that won’t destroy your bank account, these wines are a must-try.
Biodynamic. Sauvignon Blanc. Exogyra virgula is the name of the comma-shaped, limestone fossils (of ancient shellfish) that is so abundant in the soils of this part of the world. Kimmeridgian limestone of this kind brings a wonderful salinity and smoky freshness to the wines of northern Burgundy—a character that we so readily associate with Chablis and one that this wine has in spades.
The old vines that gift this wine are situated on north-facing slopes (170-200 metres above sea level) that are literally carpeted with exogyra virgula fossils. They are sélection massale vines (as opposed to clones), and this, combined with the pure limestone soils, the farming, and the cooler climate, results in a style of wine that has nothing to do with what we tend to associate with this variety in the west.
The flesh of the vintage really works here with layers of ruby grapefruit and wet stone offsetting the wine’s subtle, menthol freshness and mouth-watering finish. Delicious and unique.