Aligoté

  • 2016 Domaine Marc Colin Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (19/03/2019)
    Primrose coloured, bright; stark, saline, taut; crisp, driven verve; shamelessly serious & strict. Riveting finish. Every chance this will improve. (90 pts.)
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Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Aligote 2017. Pale colour, very reserved, sharp and acidic. Went well both with and in the Swedish meatballs. Struggled to decern much more of note (though I think that might be down to user error).
 
2016 Pataille BB Aligote. Wish I had listened to Tom... Canned apple juice nose, juicy and one-dimensional. Thankfully only purchased a single bottle and hold more hope for his Marsannay Blanc as Sylvain is clearly the best producer in Marsannay.

Ente, Coche, Roulot, De Moor or PYCM for my fix going forward...
 
Excuse my ignorance but I drank an amazing Aligoté on Saturday night, Giboulot 2005. It was one of those aged versions where you are convinced it contains 50% Chardonnay. It still had nice acidity, but in perfect balance with the wine’s body.

Anyone else had an aged version of this wine?
 
View attachment 6228 Out dinner last night selected this off the wine list. Outrageously priced at €30.The BB '16 was €50, compared to absurd tad under £300 on Winesearcher in UK. Meursault was €80.
  • 2016 Coche-Dury Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté (29/12/2018)
    Merest hint of green; subtle herbs, hayseed, fresh; bracing acidity, tangy; very long. Textbook. Utterly correct, but there’s more riveting Aligoté out there , now. (90 pts.)
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Shockingly young. My experience of CD Aligoté is limited but I understand it takes time. However, I don’t deny you can get wonderful Aligoté from less well known sources, as my post above proves.

Also had a classic at the tasting on Friday, Goisot (2016), Still one of the best. Currently writing up that tasting.
 
Ouch!
Hoping the basic is a decent drop but I’ll have some Crème de Cassis at the ready, just in case.
I didn’t realise you were over sixty-five Jim ;):p
Whilst researching Altesse (silence though plenty of other wilfully obscure varietal mentioned), I was rather taken aback by the following in the 'grapes for white wine' section of HJ:
".......Sharp wine for young drinking, perfect for mixing with cassis". Whilst the annual eschews fads, is sensibly conservative & there's nothing amiss with '90s retro, I feel this year's edition merits an update.
 
Today is my final full day on a short stay in London (for WIMPS, of course). I've been staying with friends in Stockwell and on the way up to the British Museum spotted a farmer's market at St Mark's church in Kennington. Fortunately, I decided to do a walk through this small but lovely market. Lo and behold, Emma Nielsen of Le Grappin was womaning a stand, selling Le Grappin wines. The 2018 Bourgogne-Aligoté du Grappin is magnificent -- don't pass it up, should you come across it. In a vintage already (in)famous for high alcohol, low acid wines, this wine came in at 10.7º alcohol and has great finesse, balance, and minerality. 80 year-old vines here.
 
Today is my final full day on a short stay in London (for WIMPS, of course). I've been staying with friends in Stockwell and on the way up to the British Museum spotted a farmer's market at St Mark's church in Kennington. Fortunately, I decided to do a walk through this small but lovely market. Lo and behold, Emma Nielsen of Le Grappin was womaning a stand, selling Le Grappin wines. The 2018 Bourgogne-Aligoté du Grappin is magnificent -- don't pass it up, should you come across it. In a vintage already (in)famous for high alcohol, low acid wines, this wine came in at 10.7º alcohol and has great finesse, balance, and minerality. 80 year-old vines here.
Hi Claude, glad you enjoyed - we actually had a bottle on the Dilettante table at WIMPs yesterday...went down pretty well, great sharpener for the line up I thought.
 
Hi Claude, glad you enjoyed - we actually had a bottle on the Dilettante table at WIMPs yesterday...went down pretty well, great sharpener for the line up I thought.
I was duly impressed when I noticed that your table eschewed the normal fizz to kick-off.
I tasted a barrel sample of the ‘Skin’ ‘18 version, recently. As intriguing as the ‘17.
 
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Posted on one of the weekly drinking threads. This is top level Aligote. It’s quite rich and in the Yarra Chardonnay style, but there is good fruit and plenty of acidity to keep it fresh. Not much made, so it probably won’t make its way to the UK, which is a real shame. Drank enough of the Leroy version over the years to realize that this is of a similar quality.
 
Last night (after a longish old day o_O) we tasted Charles Ballot's (Domaine Ballot-Millot) exceptional 2018 Aligoté. Just so pleasurable - from low yielding, 50 year old vines - barrel fermented - amazing poise and profundity. Ridiculously good value.
Chris, excuse thread drift but seeing you post here reminded me to thank you. I believe it was you who recommended I visit Gundog and Andrew Thomas in the Hunter. Both were excellent suggestions, seriously good wines.
 
Chris, excuse thread drift but seeing you post here reminded me to thank you. I believe it was you who recommended I visit Gundog and Andrew Thomas in the Hunter. Both were excellent suggestions, seriously good wines.
David, delighted that you enjoyed these two excellent Hunter operations. Not mainline but then, as you know, sometimes that's a good thing ;)
 
Ah, tis all commerce - eh?
In 2018 the bulk price per barrel for aligoté was €450 - it's leapt to €700 in 2019 - the négoce usually work on 50% margins, so double the barrel price and divide by 295 (or so) for the price per bottle
Of-course 2019 yields were down, but I suspect there must also be some interest in the market... ;-)
 
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