Domaine des Remparts, Bourgogne Aligote, Burgundy, France, 2009
The Aligoté grape, second white variety grown in Burgundy after Chardonnay, has been known in its region since the 17th century. It does marvelously well here. It faithfully reflects the diversity of its « terroirs ». Official granting of the AOC BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ dates back to 1937. Aligoté is generally found on soils with a limestone base, often combined with marls or clays. Burgundy's Aligoté is also well-suited to hilly locations and higher altitudes.
This wine exhibits a bright golden color. Young, the palate is dominated by rather lively floral and fruity aromas, such as white flower and green apple. With age, this wine becomes softer while keeping its freshness and minerality. The Bourgogne Aligoté can be served chilled alone as an aperitif or with cold meat, shellfish, and seafood.