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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  • You know, I was searching for Aligote and found this thread that was active while I was in Italy in 2014--no wonder I missed it.  The digression into Zappa and the links to Youtube videos have now forced me to bookmark it for quick reference.  I never would have guessed that so many of the contributors here were Zappa heads.  DV defies classific... Read More

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  • Further up this thread, there was discussion of whether Aligote was worth making into a wine on its own or only just for Kir.  Well, here's a less than ringing endorsement for it on its own in the latest "Dirty Dozen" from Wine House in San Francisco: 2013 Aligoté, Domaine Fichet $14.98 net price, $13.48 reorderDomaine Fichet broke away from the... Read More

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  • Gramma Cuvee Visan Gramma Wines Casa Olteanu 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Yes, the age-worthiness of Burgundy was on full display last night. Hope to ... from '82, '78, etc.Aligote was very nice. Have also had a good one by Hubert Lignier. It's definitely Chardonnay light, but I enjoy it when taken seriously, though the grape has really suffered from neglect in Burgundy since phylloxera. There used to be planting a ... Read More

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  • Always cracks me up when so many people who should know better think Burgundy ... ... period.You really enjoy Aligote, without, say, turning it into Kir? So mono-dimensional and lacking in synchronicity to me compared to chard. In my experience it never sings on its own.Sounds like a very nice impromptu shared imbibe. Love how those often com... Read More

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  • I have been talking with some fellow wino's about an upcoming tasting on ... Monts Luisants (Blanc, 100% Aligote)The nose is pleasant but half closed, and the color of straw gold is age appropriate. Abundant, but relatively softer acids and tannins (to me the main difference between Aligote and Chard). The oak is well judged and framed, lendin... Read More

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  • If I had a Twitter account, I'd probably remind all my friends to drink French today.  (Funny how I don't really celebrate Italian independence day, or Republic Day, or the anniversary of the unification of Italy, which unluckily for it falls on March 17.)  Not trying to get too political, so let's just say that France certainly has a big impact... Read More

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  • Little known by most wine consumers, Saint Bris is an unusual wine that seems ... ... cultivated noble grapes, Aligote is grown throughout the region, while Gamay is the key grape in Beaujolais.Tucked away in the far north of Bourgogne in close proximity to Chablis, Saint Bris is the only AOP in Bourgogne where Sauvignon Blanc may be grown. An... Read More

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  • I'm really enjoying the tasting notes, too.  I think Red has a style ... which uses Chardonnay and/or Aligote), but there's something else that sets Beaujolais apart, and that's their unusual fermentation technique, called carbonic maceration.  It's used elsewhere, but not with the same enthusiasm.  It tends to bring out some things we don't a... Read More

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  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

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