2019 Taupenot-Merme, Aligoté, Burgundy, France

Brother and sister Virginie and Romain are at the helm of this Domaine. They represent the 13th generation to run the estate in Morey-Saint-Denis! It’s comprised of only 13 hectares on the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, with grands crus including Clos des Lambrays, Charmes-Chambertin, Corton-Rognet and Mazoyeres-Chambertin. Like many young winegrowers in the region, Virginie and Romain are realising the full potential of priceless family vineyard parcels through sensitive viticulture and thoughtful winemaking. The vines have been worked organically since 2001 and have gained in purity and complexity over time.

But what is Aligoté? Is it not this cheap white grape variety that was used to make simple wines which were mixed with crème de cassis in a Kir for aperitif?  Well yes it was, mainly because the grape was not taken seriously until very recently. It is, nonetheless, the second most planted white grape variety in Burgundy, after Chardonnay. It is cold and frost resistant which was convenient in a region like Burgundy. But for a few years now, winegrowers have been taking their Aligoté more seriously, realising that very good wines could be made from it if the yields were being reduced and more care given in the vineyard and at the winery.

Why do we like it?

These new versions of the grape have nothing to do with the tart version of the old days, this wine is showing great white pear fruit, fresh lemon and slight creamy texture along with a chalky finish. I like the firmness and the tension on the palate. 

 

Grape           Aligoté

Country        France                                            

Region          Burgundy                                    

Vintage         2019

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