2017 Bourgogne Aligoté, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

2017 Bourgogne Aligoté, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

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2017 Bourgogne Aligoté, Domaine Henri Prudhon, Burgundy

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This gorgeous, crisp Aligoté comes from two sites in St Aubin and Puligny. Raised in stainless steel tanks rather than oak, this is an enlivening apéritif, but also a super accompaniment to barbecued prawns, mussels or fish and chips. Drink now to 2022.

Will Heslop, Burgundy Buyer (April 2020)

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Domaine Henri Prudhon

Domaine Henri Prudhon

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Saint Aubin

Saint Aubin

Though tucked away in a side valley behind the two ‘Montrachet’ villages, Saint-Aubin is a great source of fine, steely white Burgundy and some attractively fruity reds. Production used to be about 50:50 between the two colours, but the whites have become the more sought-after and now represent two-thirds of the crop. There is a significant difference however between the best Premiers Crus – such as En Remilly – and the vineyards tucked away further up the valley.

  • 80 hectares of village Saint-Aubin
  • 156 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (15 in all). The finest include En Remilly, Murgers des Dents de Chien, La Chatenière, Les Frionnes
  • Recommended producer: Hubert Lamy

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Aligoté

Aligoté

A grape that was first recorded in Burgundy in the 18th century and is still planted almost exclusively there, though there are limited plantings in Bulgaria, Moldavia and even California. It is a moderate-yielding grape that tends to perform best on south-east facing slopes and in warm, dry years.

For your Burgundian vigneron, Aligoté is not nearly as profitable to grow as Chardonnay - consequently it tends to be relegated to lower quality vineyards. In the wrong hands and in the wrong sites it can produce thin, raspingly acidic wines that are remarkably undistinguished. However the best growers produce balanced examples with nutty and citrus hints which are most appealing to drink. The best Aligoté wines traditionally come from Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise. Along with blackcurrant liqueur, it is the key ingredient of Kir.

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