Andre Goichot Santenay 1er Cru 2019
1 or more bottles$89.99
Wine Enthusiast92 points
Michael Cooper5 points
A distinguished premier cru Pinot Noir from Santenay & amazing example of the 2019 vintage. The aromas overflow from the glass with notes of red cherry and red liquorice, with notes of rose petals and smoky baking spice. On the palate rich red fruit melds with fine, supple tannins and energetic acidity. Well structured and textured, that lingers with a bright mouthfeel. A fantastic wine to add to the cellar or enjoy in the coming years with some premium charcuterie, rich sauces, or stews.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Oaky smokiness for now dominates the nose on this wine but the palate brims with concentrated, ripe red cherry. The wine has a lovely density of fruit and supple, ripe but fine tannin. Freshness brightens and enlivens all."
"Like the Givry, there is a discreet hint of menthol sitting atop the earthy and slightly sauvage-suffused nose of dark raspberry, currant and game scents. There is an attractively rich and textured mouthfeel to the plush and velvety flavors that deliver fine depth and persistence on the lightly stony and moderately firm finale. There is just a suggestion of rusticity to remind one that it is a Santenay and overall, this is a solid effort that is worth checking out."
"This elegant red is still unfolding. Bright ruby, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with very good concentration of fresh, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, nutty, complex and finely poised. Best drinking 2024+."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Santenay is the southernmost wine-producing commune of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, France. The area is a spa in addition to being a wine-growing centre. Here, production is nearly all Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay plantings as well. These white wines are light, edgy, and vivacious, with bracken and hazelnut aromatics and mineral and floral notes on the palate. The Pinot Noirs are dark-coloured – typically a vibrant black-cherry hue. On the nose, you’ll find rose petals, violet, peony, red fruit, and even a little licorice. On the palate, you’ll find firm but understated tannins, intense flavours, and a long finish. Santenay gained its appellation d’origine controllée (AOC) status in 1937.
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Sharing the spirit of Burgundy, continuing its traditions and expertise, taking risks, reinventing and taking up challenges to create emotion: this is what has been motivating the team since the creation of Maison Goichot in 1947.