Aligoté

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I have a single of this... think I'm still going to sell it, but the note is making me waver!

If I were to drink it, how long to hold off before opening?
 
I rarely nowadays think holding on to single bottles long term is sensible, it seems to me to infuriate the cork gods, but I suspect it will improve over many years.
 
My experience of the CL 2018 when opened in Jan 2020 (drunk in my kitchen as per avatar pic with my dog in the background!) was that it was firmly closed for at least 24 hours and was far more interesting on day 2.

This month I picked up some Cathiard Aligote so will be interesting to try a bottle soon and see what that's like.
 
How did it compare to Madame’s “absolutely disgraceful” version?
Not Thom, but if you'll permit me to interject... the d’Auvenay Aligoté comes from a steep, north-east exposed site with lots of stones, and then sees 100% new oak, so it's a very chiseled, taut wine, with lots of texture and structure from low yields and élevage. Charles' version comes from deeper soils on the plane below Vosne-Romanée, so it's a sunnier, riper site, meaning that the wine is more enveloping and sumptuous. It's also lower sulfur and sees no new oak, so you don't have to forget it for a decade plus which is what I would recommend to anyone who has d'Auvenay Aligoté in their cellar.
 
Devoured a 17 Tilleul magnum from Chevrot at the weekend
I thought it great before bottling but too oaky for my taste (young) the oak is still visible in the middle flavours today but significantly reduced. 5 more mags to go - I think slowly over the next 10 years or so...
(inshallah...)
 
Managed to obtained a table at Caves Madeleine (as always jam-packed) before they disappeared for their first congés of the summer. Two choices per three course menu, €25. Each course has a vegetarian friendly option. Lovely deft cooking always. The petit poi’s royale & quenelles brochet 'mains' a delight. Due to weather sat inside & thus sat at the table d'hôte, along with 4 other parties of three.
The extensive wine list is outstanding & reasonably-ish priced. Couldn't resist a first ever Roulot Aligoté & opted for the one with more age.
  • 2015 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (21/06/2022)
    Pale; lively, vivacious bouquet; brisk acidity, bags of energy & presence; expansive finish. (90 pts.)
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Our adjacent diners kindly shared their J-C Ramonet Bourgogne Rouge '18 (better more enjoyable than a Denis Morter Br '16 I opened earlier this week). Embarrassingly, we could not reciprocate as K & her friend had polished of the Roulot - not my fault, I was driving.

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My penultimate bottle of the Les Horees 2019 Aligote side by side vs the 2020.
I can’t believe how quickly I’ve drunk the 2019 but it’s just been irresistible. The 2019 feels rich and concentrated but still fresh and lively.
The 2020 feels like it needs more time than 2019 so I will leave my last ones for a while- I can’t wait to see how they evolve just hope I can resist! Wish I had a few more bottles
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My penultimate bottle of the Les Horees 2019 Aligote side by side vs the 2020.
I can’t believe how quickly I’ve drunk the 2019 but it’s just been irresistible. The 2019 feels rich and concentrated but still fresh and lively.
The 2020 feels like it needs more time than 2019 so I will leave my last ones for a while- I can’t wait to see how they evolve just hope I can resist! Wish I had a few more bottles
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This is the best aligote that I have had before I think, but prices are creeping up unfortunately! Incredible density and energy.
 
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