Last weekend I shared a bottle of white Burgundy at one of my favorite NY restaurants, the Spotted Pig. It was a 2012 Aligote by Fanny Sabre from the Pommard area outside of Beaune in Burgundy.
We were surprised by the lightness in both color and body; my typically Sauv Blanc-drinking dinner companion was pleasantly surprised that she enjoyed a white Burgundy so much! Bright acidity, but balanced with fruit and a smooth mouthfeel, the wine cut through the richness of our burger and salty rosemary fries!
Aligote is definitely not the primary grape grown in Burgundy (that would be Chardonnay) but upon further research, Aligote is often known as the “locals varietal”. It is gaining more and more popularity as winemakers continue to play with the varietal. I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for this producer and others of Aligote while in Burgundy at the end of the month!
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