This is White Burgundy like you’ve never seen it. Made with the grape variety Aligote, from 40 to 92 year old vines grown near Chablis. If you put ‘Chablis’ on the label, people would pay triple the price. Especially because it has the intensity and density of a Grand Cru site.
Goisot are very much under the radar for most people except the most dedicated of wine lovers. You need to know these wines. Making wine from Burgundy appellations St-Bris, Irancy and Côtes d’Auxerre. Grapes are hand harvested from their densely planted, low cropped, farmed biodynamically vineyards. Therefore, the resulting wines are the Grand Cru standard of these appellations and are a great investment for people who love great wine over wine from a great postcode.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
A variety that shares the same parent as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but not their glorious outlook on wine. Making mealy, lean, mineral and citric wines that tend to lack fruit. Aligote is rarely described as a great wine, perhaps because the best terroirs are planted to other grapes?