Gouffier owns five and a half hectares of vineyard in the villages of Fontaines and Mercurey in Cote Chalonnaise. Historically it was run by the Gouffier family for generations until Jerome Gouffier handed over the reins to his close friend Frederic Gueugneau, formerly at La Chablisienne. Since 2011, Frederic and oenologist Benoit Pagot have brought about a new style of winemaking. They follow an organic philosophy to create wines that are modern and approachable, but with all the style and panache of good Burgundy. They have created a collection of wines of outstanding originality, verve and spirit.
Mild weather throughout the 2018 season enabled the healthy grapes to reach good ripeness levels. The white grapes are well balanced, with good fruit and a fine tension.
The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise. The climate is continental, with warm summers and cold winters. The vineyard has been cultivated sustainably since 2011. The double Guyot trained vines are carefully managed between the spring and summer months to ensure optimal conditions for healthy, mature grapes at harvest time; with strict debudding, leaf thinning and ploughing of the soil. The vines are grown in marly-chalk soils from the Jurassic period.
The Aligote grapes were harvested once they had achieved optimum maturity and were carefully sorted in the cellar. The grapes were very delicately transferred via a conveyor belt directly to a stainless steel tank in order to retain the integrity of the fruit. Whole-bunch fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 20°C on the skins to impart the delicate orange colour to the wine. The wine was aged in old, 228 litre French oak barrels for 12 months. Working in partnership with their cooper based in Cognac, since the 2013 vintage Gouffier has been experimenting with using oak from the state forests of Fontaine, just a few miles from the vines, endeavouring to stay true to the local terroir.
An ‘orange’ wine with an unconventional nose of subtle notes of green tea and candied citrus, complemented by mineral nuances. Fresh and vibrant, with a lovely rich mouthfeel, finishing on a tannic note.