Aligoté

I should mention, in case it did not come across in my original post, that once it came into its own it was quite pleasant. Certainly enough to sell me on picking up some other vintages on intrigue alone.
 
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Last weekend K & I wished to celebrate a milestone but current circumstances prevented a gathering. Therefore, various bottles remain untouched.
Instead we indulged ourselves with alternatives, including:

  • 2015 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Monts Luisants Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru (15/01/2021)
    Deep straw; a spectacular melange of yellow fruits, spices, a kiss of oak; an exotic richness, lovely cut from high acidity, intense; expansive finish. Stellar.
    Should age well but why bother deferring hedonism available now. (96 pts.)
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Mrs C was swept away instantly by this wine. As she said, not sure this can be regarded as Aligoté. Sound provenance, but not entirely sure this was absolutely clean.Those more objective might rate this lower, but we loved it.
The quirky Ardeaseal closure* & heat warning indicator** just added to the whole. Expensive, but prices in England appear competitive to those In France. Every chance I'll be allowed to another - the ultimate seal of approval.
* Coravin proof.
** Ours remained yellow.
 

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Domaine Didon Aligote 2018⁣

David and Naima are one of the fastest rising winemakers out of Burgundy, delivering wines of the highest purity and you're unable to escape that feeling as you open up their wine.⁣

David first learned about biodynamics in 1995 attending a course in agricultural school. He worked in organic farms in Alsace and then continued studies in Beaune where he met his future wife Naima. Since 2001 he has been working at Etienne de Montille in Volnay and helped them to convert the vineyards to biodynamics. ⁣

In 2017 the couple acquired an old farm in Chassey-le-Camp in Côte Chalonnaise to realise the dream of their own biodynamic property. This small village belongs to AOC Bouzeron. Their east facing vineyard on a steep slope is 2ha lieu-dit ‘Vignes Blanches’ planted with 40 years old vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté. It is managed biodynamic with no certification.⁣

Low intervention winemaking. Whole clusters are pressed directly to old barrels for 9-12 months elevage. Natural yeasts, no filtration. ⁣

The wine is light and easy with a natural scent. It becomes your best friend right away. Pears, floral, white plum. True glou-glou wine. Just 11,5% Alc.⁣

I want to hear more stories like this and see new emerging winemakers in the region.⁣
 
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Last weekend K & I wished to celebrate a milestone but current circumstances prevented a gathering. Therefore, various bottles remain untouched.
Instead we indulged ourselves with alternatives, including:

  • 2015 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos des Monts Luisants Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru (15/01/2021)
    Deep straw; a spectacular melange of yellow fruits, spices, a kiss of oak; an exotic richness, lovely cut from high acidity, intense; expansive finish. Stellar.
    Should age well but why bother deferring hedonism available now. (96 pts.)
Posted from CellarTracker

Mrs C was swept away instantly by this wine. As she said, not sure this can be regarded as Aligoté. Sound provenance, but not entirely sure this was absolutely clean.Those more objective might rate this lower, but we loved it.
The quirky Ardeaseal closure* & heat warning indicator** just added to the whole. Expensive, but prices in England appear competitive to those In France. Every chance I'll be allowed to another - the ultimate seal of approval.
* Coravin proof.
** Ours remained yellow.
Terrible ageing record in this millennium, you're right to drink up, particularly given the colour. It can indeed be a glorious wine.
 
Purchased last summer on the spur of the moment along with some of Sylvie's obscurer reds. At circa €15 terrific VFM. Whether any remains when I'm next in the store........
  • 2017 Sylvie Esmonin (Michel et Fille) Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (24/02/2021)
    Deep straw; crackling with gun flint & energy, oak to fore; plenty of acidity, splendidly assertive; dashing, long finish. For the short term. (90 pts.)
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Denis Bachelet’s 2016 this week was lovely. Worth the twenty quid it cost me (in reference to a previous post). I recognise that probably says more about the price of everything else as it does about the intrinsic quality of the Bachelet.
 
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