Bourgogne Aligoté

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Bourgogne Aligoté, a generic appellation of around 1,600 ha/3, 950 acres in Burgundy for white wines made from the aligoté grape. These wines vary between refreshingly crisp and disagreeably tart, although the latter characteristic suits their role as the basis for vin blanc cassis, or kir. Aligoté is primarily for early consumption although wines from the best locations such as Chitry in the Yonne, Pernand-Vergelesses in the Côte de Beaune, and bouzeron (which has its own appellation for Aligoté) can age well. The golden Aligoté d’Oré is a superior version of the grape, typically found in Bouzeron.