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Aligote grape variety
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Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Aligote is one of the grapes for which we have developed a great fondness. It is regarded by some as the poor cousin of white wine grapes in Burgundy whereas we think it is just different, not inferior. One of the problems is that Aligote is rarely grown on prime sites in Burgundy, being relegated to the less-desired valley floor or shaded slopes where it doesn't ripen properly and hence produces tart wines.
When Aligote is grown in favourable locations and is able to ripen then it produces wines that are rich, complex and delicious. We have thoroughly enjoyed many Aligote wines in Burgundy including one at a memorable meal at a homely restaurant in the village of Chambolle-Musigny.
However it is worth taking note of the Bouzeron appellation where Aligote is the only grape allowed. And an indication of its potential is that one of the producers in the Bouzeron appellation is the part owner of the revered Domaine de la Romanee-Conti!!
Another fine example of an Aligote is that produced by Alice and Olivier de Moor from Courgis and the Aligote produced by Fanny Sabre of Beaune.
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