The Bouzeron AOC
is the only village appellation from the Aligoté grape and is located in the Cote Chalonnaise, in the Saône-et-Loire département. Bouzeron is one of five Côte Chalonnaise appellations, and the closest to the Côte-d'Or. Established by decree of 17 February 1998, this appellation, restricted to the communes of Bouzeron and Chassey-le-Camp, replaces the old Bourgogne Aligoté Bouzeron appellation.
The Bouzeron wine, a Village AOC, comes from grapes grown exclusively on the upper slopes on land composed of white marl with a predominant limestone content, which, combined with a pruning method known as “en Gobelet”, allows the yields to be carefully controlled, producing a typical wine that is strongly rooted in its terroir. The Aligoté takes full advantage of the Bouzeron terroir lying at an altitude between 270 and 350 metres and facing due east and southeast.
The Bouzeron appellation only produces white wines, exclusively from the Aligoté. This white wine has a pale golden hue verging on pale green, which may deepen to pale straw. On the nose, it evokes acacia, white flowers and hazelnut-bordered country lanes. Flinty mineral notes and lemon complete its classic bouquet, to which a discreet touch of honey or warm croissant, may sometimes be added. On the palate, its perfect roundness, robust body and delectable crispness reveal the distinctive personality of the Aligoté grape. The quality of the Bouzeron produced by Domaine Faiveley and Bouchard Père & Fils is worthy of particular note.