Let’s put Aligoté in the spot today!⁣

📖Aligoté, Burgundy’s ‘other’ white grape variety, may be very much Chardonnay’s underdog but in a fine year, when ripeness can compensate for its characteristic acidity, Aligoté is not short of champions and is arguably a beneficiary of climate change. The vine is vigorous and its yield varies enormously according to the vineyard site⁣.

Bad examples are dry wines that are usually thin, acidic andoften not very pleasant. Such Aligoté can be improved by adding crème de cassis, a local blackcurrant liqueur, to create an aperitif known as a Kir⁣.

👌When good, if grown on Burgundy’s best slopes on the poorest soils in warmer years, it can make a refreshing change with more nerve from ubiquitous Chardonnay wines. Whilst it can age, it’s a wine for drinking young⁣.

Bourgogne Aligoté may be sold as primeur or nouveau from the 3rd Thursday of November following the harvest⁣.

📍The finest Bourgogne-Aligoté wines come from the village of Bouzeron in the Mercurey region, which has its own appellation⁣⁣⁣.

☝️The 1er cru 1911 Aligoté vines of Domaine Ponsot in Morey St.Denis — the only 1er cru Aligoté in Burgundy⁣⁣⁣.2012 Domaine Leroy Aligoté (🏅90+) Herbal, flowers, Époisses cheese. Ripeness. Huge concentration, complexity, sublime, driving freshness. Must be among the best Aligoté I tasted.⁣⁣⁣

The Domaine Leroy Aligoté is separate from Leroy’s Collection label: it’s produced from avg. 55 yo vines, owned and worked by Leroy themselves, with each bottle individually numbered.⁣⁣⁣
In the vineyard Madame Bize-Leroy practises biodynamism as well as severe pruning and crop-thinning. This is clearly visible in her Aligoté which is made in tiny quantities. Special wine from one of the world’s top producers⁣.

2017 Domaine Charles Audoin Aligoté (🏅87) Pale yellow with greenish hue. Medium intensity grassy herbal aromas. Floral midpalate. Fresh with no signs of oak, acidic, but round finish. Citrus aftertaste. Edgy and young.⁣⁣ Vines in Marsannay⁣⁣.

2017 Domain Chavy-Chouet Bourgogne Aligoté Les Petits Poiriers (🏅87) Vibrant, light and fresh with plenty of citrus and yellow fruits, somewhat exotic.⁣⁣⁣ 60yo vines growing on deep clay soil in Puligny. 

2017 Domain Chavy-Chouet Bourgogne Aligoté Les Petits Poiriers
 
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