Bourgogne Aligoté

2018

100% Aligoté. The De Moors have 2.5 hectares of Aligoté in two parcels in Chitry (down the road from their home village of Courgis—both are near the town of Chablis and part of the Chablis region). They planted the main parcel, whose historical name is Champagne, starting in 1995; the other one, smaller and planted back in 1902, is rented and usually bottled separately (not in 2017, but in 2018). The Aligoté vines lie near their Chardonnay vines, on the same soils of 25-30 centimeters of clay over hard limestone rock. Alice and Olivier farm organically and harvest by hand. The fruit is gently pressed and  fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine goes through malo and is aged on its lees without bâtonnage in enamel-lined steel tank. No sulfur is used at harvest or during vinification. Bottled in September 2019 (a rare exception was made to filter, as there was some RS due to the heat and accompanying ripeness level in 2018).

90 points
"The 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté, which comes from 20- to 25-year-old vines and sees no wood contact, has a pretty bouquet of yellow plum, candle wax and orange pith, all well defined and elegant. The palate is balanced with a smooth entry. Pure and lively, with hints of ginger interlaced on the finish. Enjoy this over the next 2–3 years."
Neal Martin,
Vinous Media
, September 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0964-18
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Aligoté
Farming Type: 
Organic