A grape that’s been around for over 200 years, Aligote is considered the third grape of Burgundy, after more well-known Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, Aligote is a part of the Pinot family, making it a distant cousin of Chardonnay. A lean, mineral white wine grape with palate cleansing acidity, Aligote is known for its notes of apple, unripe peach, white flower, slight smoke, and herbs. These light, citrusy wines make fantastic partners to soups, salads, crab cakes, and dumplings.
The Maison Aegerter, located in Nuit-Saint-Georges, Côte-d’Or, is thriving in a region known for both its traditions and its innovations. The Aegerters believe that nature cannot be hurried; it must be listened to and pampered. All the vintages, from the most accessible to the most exceptional, have one thing in common: they are the outcome of a resolutely modern vision and dynamic. These passionate people are daring enough to leave the beaten track and offer all consumers, beginners and experts alike, carefully picked selections, new blends and different bottles, which can be seen in this 100% Aligote that is a reflection of its terroir. A pale gold in color, this wine has a fruity bouquet filled with apple and lemon notes. On the palate, the wine is energetic and lush. Best enjoyed young on its own, or alongside grilled fish, oysters, and ham.
Grape Photo Credit: Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, GERMANY