#WINEEDUCATION Wednesday–Aligote

What is Aligoté?

The only other white grape in addition to Chardonnay allowed to be planted in Burgundy, France, Aligoté is widely grown in cold climates of Eastern Europe where it is used for still and sparkling wines. It has similar characteristics to Chardonnay, but is usually lighter-bodied, more acidic, and less-structured. A recent resurgence in popularity has resulted in more plantings in the United States and Canada.

What are Aligotés signature flavors, aromas, and taste profile?

Green apple, floral, herbaceous, with a hint of salinity on the nose and palate; Bone-dry, light-bodied, with high acidity.

What are some iconic expressions of Aligoté?

Best expressed in the Bouzeron AOC, located along the northern border of the Côte Chalonnaise, where it is the only allowable grape. Its most famous producer Aubert de Villaine, is also the owner of the renowned Domaine de la Romanee Conti, which produces some of Burgudy’s most famous Pinot Noirs. In California and Washington State with more ripe and rounde aromas and texture.

What are the best pairings for Aligoté?

As an aperitif enjoy with aged cheese or pair with seafood, oysters, and white meat dishes.. Extremely versatile, this wine will compliment most cuisine..

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Martha & Erlinda, Your Jefas in Vino