The Bourgogne Aligoté AOC
is a regional appellation of Burgundy, reserved for white wines made from the Aligoté grape variety produced throughout Burgundy. Whether from the Saône-et-Loire, the Côte-d'Or or the Yonne, it faithfully reflects the diversity of its terroirs. This grape variety was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne Aligoté,
in 1937, except in Bouzeron, in the Côte Chalonnaise, where it obtained the appellation Bouzeron.
The Aligoté (6% of the plantings in Burgundy) is a very old Burgundy grape variety. This fairly vigorous white grape produces larger and more numerous grapes than the Chardonnay. Although it is planted in a wide variety of areas, the Bourgogne Aligoté is generally found on limestone soils, often combined with marl or clay. Bourgogne Aligoté is often suited to hilly locations and higher altitudes.
Bourgogne Aligoté wine is a very fresh white wine. Its bouquet is floral (acacia, hawthorn) and fruity (apple). It is soft and flows over the palate where it enlivens the taste buds with notes of hazelnut coming through on the finish. Bourgogne Aligoté wine lovers will be impressed by the quality of the wines produced by Domaine Auvenay, Domaine Olivier Morin and Domaine René Bouvier.