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Domaine Caroline Bellavoine Bourgogne Aligoté 2020

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Bright, crystalline aligoté, Burgundy's lesser known white grape.Very fresh on entry, then it broadens and fills out on the palate.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: BU78871

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam
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A wine made from the ‘other’ white grape of Burgundy, discussed by our buyer Toby Morrhall. Video transcript

Video transcript

I'm very excited about this new producer, Caroline Bellavoine, who has a domain in an area of France I'd never heard of called the Couchois, which is just west of Bouzeron, which is famous for its aligoté, and quite close to Maranges. And this aligoté is a variety which was sort of forgotten about. It was the country cousin of the more glamourous chardonnay, but it makes a very fresh, bright wine without too much fruit and I think post global warming we’re all looking for wines which are perhaps a bit more refreshing, things like muscadet, picpoul de pinet, things like that. So, this I think is a lovely aligoté.  It’s made in tank with no oak. It's like a fresh green apple aroma. Very brisk and fresh, direct on the palate, so ideal for drinking in the garden after mowing the lawn or with seafood.

2020 vintage reviews

timatkin.com

Aligoté used to be regarded as something of a second-class grape in Burgundy – fit for Kir Royale or impoverished white wine drinkers on a budget – but climate change is altering its...

Aligoté used to be regarded as something of a second-class grape in Burgundy – fit for Kir Royale or impoverished white wine drinkers on a budget – but climate change is altering its status in a region where Chardonnay sometimes struggles to retain acidity in earlier, hotter vintages like 2020. This unoaked example is wonderfully fresh, taut and mouthwatering with no oak to clutter its pure, citrus and green apple flavours and some added texture from malolactic fermentation.

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Tim Atkin MW

JancisRobinson.com

High acid, crisp, quite lean and a bit woody. Not sure you can get a really good aligoté at this price but it's fine for the money. Dry finish, nice dry texture. 15.5/20

Julia Harding MW

The Observer

In a region where chardonnay rules, aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, has always been rather looked down on. Lately, however, it’s enjoyed a revival, producing wonderfully racy,...

In a region where chardonnay rules, aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, has always been rather looked down on. Lately, however, it’s enjoyed a revival, producing wonderfully racy, super-dry and luminously bright dry whites such as this.

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David Williams

The Observer

In a region where chardonnay rules, aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, has always been rather looked down on. Lately, however, it’s enjoyed a revival, producing wonderfully racy,...

In a region where chardonnay rules, aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, has always been rather looked down on. Lately, however, it’s enjoyed a revival, producing wonderfully racy, super-dry and luminously bright dry whites such as this.

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David Williams

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