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Staff Pick

Aligoté, Goisot - 2017

Item # 15517 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Guilhem and and father Jean-Hugues Goisot recognize that great wine comes from great viticulture, and they work tirelessly in the vines to ensure that their parcels are as well treated as is possible. This is a fine Aligoté, unoaked and aged on the lees. It will absolutely keep for several years to come.


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Staff Pick Notes

As Burgundy's other white grape, Aligoté has long been overshadowed by Chardonnay's megawatt star power. Relegated to the lesser vineyards, its wines were everyday sippers, usually mixed with Crème de Cassis to make Kirs.This staple aperitif of Parisian cafes was invented by Félix Kir former mayor of Dijon, who was said to come up with drink after the Germans stole all the red wine. In recent years, winemakers have been giving the grape more attention and care, letting its finer nature shine through. Goisot is just one example. The vines are farmed biodynamically and the grapes hand-harvested. He ferments using native yeast and ages on the lees in stainless steel. The result is a racy, energetic wine with aromas of lemon custard and peppermint. It's deliciously refreshing, the kind of wine to sip on a hot summer day.

- ALM

About the Producer

Saint-Bris Le Vineux, Burgundy, France The Domaine of Ghislaine and Jean-Hugues Goisot is in all reality a fine Chablis estate, but history has not been particularly kind to the region, as Saint Bris was removed from the Chablis appellation after phylloxera ripped through the area in the late nineteenth century. Prior to this, Saint Bris was part of Chablis, which seems quite logical, given...

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Aligoté

The "other" white grape of Burgundy, Aligoté plays a struggling second fiddle to the regal white grape of the region, Chardonnay. Older Aligoté vines have been known to produce wines of high quality, displaying lovely citrusy and at times nutty characteristics - but even so, the remaining plantings of the grape are fast being uprooted to make even more space for the cultivation of Chardonnay.