Bouzeron, Aligote, 2016

  A & P de Villaine

Citrus rind and ripe golden stone fruits. There is great acidity cutting through this wine together with a savoury, slightly Mediterranean herb and almond note finishing on a tangy, mouth-watering rock salt freshness. From the high quality Aligoté doré variety, which gives naturally lower yields than its cousin found more widely in Burgundy, Aligoté (vert.). With its natural freshness and thick skins this is a variety ideally suited to the warmer vintages we have seen over the last decade. Aged in large, old oak foudres so as not to impart any oak flavour to the wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About A & P de Villaine

The 26ha of Domaine de Villaine are centred in Bouzeron an area first planted to the vine by the monks of Cluny in the middle ages, situated just south of the Cote d’Or and north of Rully. Here the poor soils and limestone-rich slopes are reserved for Bouzeron’s speciality, Aligote. The impeccable terroir here shows that given a chance to shine, this is a grape variety that can produce wonderfully characterful, harmonious wines. The Domaine is run by Pierre de Benoist who is the nephew of the Domaine’s founder, Aubert de Villaine, and is fiercely committed to producing wines of outstanding quality in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. The Estate has been certified organic since 1986 and Pierre has been making bio-dynamic trials. Yields are low, up to 20% less than the maximum allowed for AOC rules, and picking is by hand at optimal maturity. The heart of the estate lies in the oft-forgotten Aligoté grape. In Bouzeron the Aligotée Doré grape takes centre stage, a variety that is lower-cropping than its more widely-planted cousin Aligoté vert. At Domaine de Villaine it takes pride of place, reserved for the best vineyard sites the prime, steep limestone-rich slopes, and here it shows just how striking the wines can be.

Appellation: Bouzeron

Bouzeron is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

Grape Type: Aligoté

Aligoté originates from Burgundy where it is used to add a bit of life and bite to the local crème de cassis in order to make Kir. There are some good stand-alone examples, however, producing fresh and invigorating wines. The most mineral and complex of these are to be found around the communes of Pernand-Vergelesses in the Côte de Beaune and Bouzeron in the Chalonnais.