Aligoté: The Other White Burgundy

Wonderful, crisp Aligoté

Once a paint-stripper tolerable only when sweetened with blackcurrant liqueur to make kir, Aligoté is now fashionable – the ‘other’ white grape of Burgundy. It has even spawned its own movement – the Aligoteurs, with great success.

Global warming has helped to temper its naturally high acidity, and in the right hands it can produce a beautifully crisp wine that reaches beyond the quaffer into something more serious – full of citrus and stone, with long smooth rounded flavours.

It’s brilliant for summer, and if you happen to have an old bottle of cassis in the back of the cupboard, well...who’s to stop you from reliving old times.

Here are a few to try…

2017 Aligoté, Comte Armand

A blend of two varieties of Aligoté - Doré and Vert. It is perfumed and ripe, with a delicious juicy lemon backbone that keeps it fresh through to the finish

2017 Aligoté, Didier Fornerol

The master of good value Côte de Nuits makes great whites too, this one balanced, racy and pure, with ripe citrus fruit and a gentle stony backbone.

2017 Aligoté Raisins Dorés, Michel Lafarge

From the grower in Volnay - all the clear brightness of a good Aligoté combined with the ripe roundness of the vintage: lovely!

2013 Aligoté, Castagnier

Just to show you that it ages too, this mineral-driven, smooth Aligoté is going strong.

The wines

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Case size
Domaine Didier Fornerol

2017 Aligote (FORN02217A)
6 Bottle - 75cl £57.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £14.08

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