Domaine Stéphane Aladame, Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut, Burgundy, FranceRegular price £22.00
is an example of Burgundy’s other white grape, Aligoté, making up 60% of the blend. Topped up of course with Chardonnay. It is fresh and crisp with beautiful peachy aromas and subtle floral hints on the palate, with good minerality and a long finish.
Meet the Maker...
We were lucky enough to visit Stéphane at his winery last year and experience a delicious tasting of his Chardonnay bottlings. Stéphane is the king of the Côte Chalonnaise and we left the tasting with a new found admiration for the less considered (almost forgotten) area of Burgundy (south of the famous Côte D’Or), a book (that Stéphane helped pen) to cement our understanding of the terroir and a bottle of this glorious fizz.
Stéphane Aladame is one of the stars of the younger generation of French producers. Whereas many young winemakers inherit their estate, Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18. He completed his studies in Beaune before renting vineyards in Montagny, in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and often at considerably better prices. Stéphane is also a bit of an anomaly in Montagny, as the village is dominated by cooperatives (at around 75%), with only 18 independent producers. Stéphane now cultivates eight hectares, with seven hectares situated in Montagny Premier Cru.
Nuts & Bolts...
60% Aligoté , 40% Chardonnay
Suitable for vegans