Aligoté Les Petits Poiriers, Chavy-Chouet, Burgundy, France, 2018
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On the plains of Puligny-Montrachet grown these 60 year old vines, producing golden and concentrated grapes that translate into an complex, opulent wine made by well established generational family vignerons.
Given these facts, you would normally expect to see (at least) another zero after the price, making this white Burgundy feel like a relative bargain. Except, it's not traditional white Burgundy. It's made with the regions second, forgotten grape, Aligoté. Responsible for just 6% of the area under vine in Burgundy, and very little (if any more) of it will be found in Puligny-Montrachet, where some would argue that Chardonnay makes the best white wine in the world. Certainly it makes some of the most expensive.
The wine has a lovely, citrusy freshness and fleshy fruits that beautifully balance the creamy texture. It feels weighty and weightless all at once - a truly Burgundian wine.