Aligoté "Le Clou 34", Claire Naudin
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Aligoté "Le Clou 34", Claire Naudin - 2018

Item # 37426 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

We're crazy about Aligoté and especially when they're made in such a non-interventionist fashion. Winemaker Claire Naudin is making Burgundies from a myriad of plots outside of areas that are better-known and therefore you'll find not only wines of incredible character but Burgundy of great value.

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Staff Pick Notes

Aligoté is the red-headed stepchild of Burgundian grapes. It lives in the shadow of the other Burgundy golden children Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. For years Aligoté vines have been ripped out of the earth to be replaced by these more profitable grapes. But this wine, this Aligoté, tastes like the static in silence. It shows the pure potential, capable of subtle soft energy. Tastes like baked golden apples, bruised yellow pears and lavender skies. Creamy and elastic on the palate leaving no crease uncovered. Lingering. A magnificent wine made from the hand of a woman with wine in her bones.

- HG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


The range of wine styles offered in Burgundy rivals that of any other region. In Chablis, Chardonnay is left unoaked to produce lean, crisp, steely wines with incredible acidity - a far cry from the vanilla-oak bombs that so many consumers associate with this grape. Fans of rich, unctuous, and well-oaked Chardonnay will enjoy Chassagne-Montrachet, whose age-worthy offerings offer all the fatness...

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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.

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