In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia and Ontario, as well as some temperate areas of California. More cold-resistant than its big sister, Chardonnay, Aligoté is widely grown in the cold climes of Eastern European wine-producing countries such as Russia. In Eastern Europe Aligoté is a highly regarded varietal for still and sparkling wines alike. Possessing similar, but less pronounced, character than Chardonnay, it is usually lighter in weight, more acidic and less age worthy. In its Burgundian homeland, this white grape is often restricted to cool hilltops, among other less ideal locations in the Côte D’Or. Aligoté wines from Burgundy command only a fraction of Chardonnay prices for growers. Aligoté’s influence more broadly in France is diminishing and total plantings dropping. Its best expression is in the Bouzeron AOC, located along the northern Read more »

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  • Cote Chalonnaise has long been a well known, yet  frequently overlooked ... ... wines of Bouzeron (for Aligote), Rully (as discussed in the Snooth Forum installment October 30, 2015), Mercurey, Givry and Montagny, These wines cost a fraction of their noble siblings in Cote d'Or.In reality, there is very little difference between Chalonnaise a... Read More

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  • One case where retsina worked just fine, even far away from the eastern ... ... ... First was Bourgogne Aligote. Now that's something I wouldn't have considered since I generally relegate that wine to a dusty cubbyhole labeled Kir. She also said she'd had success with crab-and-artichoke-heart appetizers using Muscadet with some age on it. She... Read More

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  • Jean-Claude Boisset Bourgogne Aligoté 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... 4 ... 4 whites though (Chardonnay, Aligote and maybe Pinot Gris).Pouilly Fume (Loire Valley) is only allowed Sauvignon Blanc and some Chasselas.Regarding your reference to Alsace displaying the grape on the label, according to what I have been reading, displaying the grape... Read More

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  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • The father of all wine grapes won't go the way of the dinosaurs – for ... ... including Chardonnay, Aligote and Gamay noir, are the direct offspring of (Gouais Blanc).” The grape is a classic Pinot variety, the study stated.  Vouillamoz has long been a voice of support for the fertile wine grape varietal. Vouillamoz Masters of Wine Jancis Robi... Read More

    From the article Scientist and Volunteers Save Papa Bear of World's Wines

  • Buisson Charles Aligote 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • "So what does improve crap wine?" Need some specifics. E.g.:crap ... ... all kinds of Bourgogne Aligote: creme de cassismany cheap mittel-european whites: sparkling water and a lemon twistmany (but not all) reds (and some whites): long slow braise with meat, a la daube...Gallo's Carlo Rossi: a good Sangria recipeThunderbird and Night Train and... Read More

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  • Perhaps we can throw all sorts of wines in here with a mysterious WTF factor, whether photos of the wine, its label, logo, descriptions or what have you. Who knows what they might be? I'll start things out.From the opening scene of the current episode of a well-received TV show: what is this wine? Does it actually exist? What, if anything, is wr... Read More

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  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria ... greater use out of Bougogne aligote, which is such a weak grape compared to the more ubiquitous (and tasty) chardonnay in that region.Do some web searches and see what comes up for Muller Thurgau in your area or anywhere across the nation. Don't be afraid to buy on... Read More

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