Winery: Domaine Robert Chevillon
Bottling: 2006 Bourgogne Aligote
Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants
Sub-Region: Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy
Estimated Retail Price: $16
Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Purchased by the glass at Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar for
Tasting Notes: Burgundy’s red-headed stepchild, aligote is often forgotten or even overlooked completely for chardonnay, which is often thought of as the only white grape of importance grown in Burgundy. Aligote does receive recognition as a communal A.O.C. in the village of Bouzeron. The wine in review though, was a general appellation Bourgogne Aligote.
The aroma reminds me of wines made from marsanne or rousanne, where an almost oxidized quality exists. There’s also a chalky, mineral and lemon smell on the nose.
In the mouth, I’m immediately shocked by the burst of juicy, citrus fruit up front. Unripe grapefruit, lemons and kumquat dominate the front, while almond flavors creep in somewhere near the finish.
Adding to the mouth feel are a round, waxiness that juxtaposes a somewhat sharp mineral and acid zing. A pretty cool wine that fits in to the category of “that’s different?” and I do mean that in a positive way.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I think this one has shellfish written all over it. I’m thinking somewhere along the lines of shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, crab legs or scampi will pair nicely. It would also double as a nice hot weather quaffer.
Winery & Other Background Info: Aligote is second to chardonnay in white wine production in the region, 1,700 hactares (4,200 acres) to 12,800 hectares (32,000 acres). I don’t know how redeeming that is though, since its pretty much like saying you came in second place in a race when there were only two people to begin with. Lets show some love to Aligote and ask your neighborhood wine shop if they carry any. They’ll either be really excited or really perplexed that you asked them.