Domaine d'Edouard, "Les Collines des Vaux" Bourgogne Aligoté 2019
A cousin of the local Chardonnay, Aligoté (al-ee-goh-tay) is one of Burgundy’s “other” white grapes. When visiting a typical Parisian café and ordering une verre de vin blanc, it’s likely Aligoté you’ll find in your glass. While absolutely a fun, quaffable libation, it’s capable of so much more, as evidenced by this pedigreed boutique bottling from the organically-farmed domaine run by Edouard Lepesme in the hills (“Les Collines”) of Vaux, Auxerre.
After apprenticing in Burgundy for several years under some of the top names, in 2014 Edouard purchased five hectares of vineyard land in the village of Vaux-Auxerre for his eponymous domaine. The Côtes d’Auxerre appellation is known as the “Golden Gate to Burgundy,” and is actually closer to Champagne and Chablis than its southerly Burgundy neighbors in the Côte d’Or. No wonder, then, that you see the same inherent finesse and breed as Champagne or Chablis – the Jurassic limestone soils impart a duality of richness and raciness.
In the glass you’ll find chalky, white-flower notes and Meyer lemon on the nose, leading into a palate replete with stony and citrus elements, buttressed by fleshy Bosc pear, lime curd, and a touch of saline. 100% organic, natural fermentations in stainless steel, and zero oak all make for a pure delightful expression of the Aligoté grape. Gently perfumed, filled with yellow orchard fruits, and backed by unmistakable freshness, this walks the line perfectly in a unique, genre-defying glass of white wine that’s a rare treat. Enjoy!
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