We are huge white Burgundy fans. We love their elegance, balanced fruit, mild oak, flinty minerality, and the seamless manner in which they pair with seafood and even creamy dishes.
Knowing that we are always on the lookout for great value white Burgundies, one of our Spanish importers - of all people - introduced us to the 2008 Avanthia Godello. We were shocked at how good the wine was and equally impressed with how the wine likened itself to really good Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault!
If Spain made a white Burgundy doppelganger, it wouldn't be with the Chardonnay varietal, it would be with a little temptress of a grape called Godello. If the Godello varietal doesn't jump out at you it is because the varietal was almost extinct 30 years ago. This is, simply put, the best expression of Godello we have ever tasted. You really have to compare it to French whites to appreciate its depth and nuance - and it is extremely tough to find really good white Burgundy at this price point.
Receiving both 90 points from The Wine Advocate and IWC, the wine is bright gold in color displaying ripe, musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors which are enhanced by mild spring flowers and herbs. Concentrated and sharply focused, conveying a dusty impression of extract and a late note of orange peel, the wine has just a slight hint of Burgundian toasty oak. The wine finishes with excellent cut and length, leaving wonderfully talcy minerals behind.
You can enjoy this delicious white over the next five years with your favorite seafood dish. Or, you can enjoy it with one of favorite white burgundy dishes - jumbo gnocchi, delicately pan seared and topped with a light cream sauce with wild mushroom and peas drizzled on top! Enjoy!Read More »