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.
2019 has been cited as an outstanding vintage and one of the best in recent years. The dry, warm conditions produced low yields of impeccably balanced, concentrated wines with searing freshness and remarkable purity. A mild winter was followed by a chilly spring, with frosts affecting some areas. Cooler temperatures in June resulted in uneven flowering and some millerandage in some vineyards. However, temperatures soared in July and August with vines under hydric stress, resulting in superb concentration of flavours.
The Chardonnay grapes come from a parcel of vines planted in silty, clayey soils, which have excellent water retention properties, nourishing the vines during the warm summers. The vines are carefully managed to ensure optimal conditions for healthy, mature grapes at harvest time; with strict desuckering, leaf thinning and ploughing of the soil. The vines are pruned according to the Guyot Poussard method, which respects the sap-flow of the vine, reducing the serious consequences of pruning cuts and optimises the vine’s health. The vineyards are managed respecting the environment and the biodiversity of the vineyard. The grapes are hand-picked at optimal maturity.
This cuvee pays tribute to Mademoiselle Madeleine Gouffier, often called ‘Coco’ who ran the Domaine Gouffier for nearly 50 years. The wine was matured in French oak barrels of 228 litres for 12 months, of which 20% were new oak.
A classic and elegant white Burgundy, revealing ripe exotic fruit aromas complemented by delicate hints of oak spice. Its fresh style comes together with lovely fruit concentration to give good balance, with a smooth, round texture through to a long, persistent finish.