The Bourgogne winegrowing region and its appellations

Bourgogne aligoté

Bourgogne aligoté

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Wines made from the Aligoté grape are exclusively white.
Aligoté accounts for 6% of all vines in Bourgogne and has a long history here as one of the two local white varietals along with Chardonnay. It is a vigorous vine with larger and more plentiful grapes than Chardonnay.
 

Wine Characteristics


Bourgogne aligoté is a delicious white wine that is young, stylish and is a little different. It is pale gold in color and offers a well-balanced taste, and ranges from a fruity bouquet with notes of apple and lemon to a more floral palette. In the mouth, this vibrant wine tickles the taste buds.

Wine Steward’s Tip

Although Bourgogne aligoté is traditionally associated with drinking Kir, the local Bourgogne specialty of white wine mixed with crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur, it has its own qualities and deserves to be enjoyed in its own right. It is a perfect match for grilled fish, and its liveliness and citrus notes stand up well to the saltiness of oysters and strong goat cheese.
Bourgogne aligoté is one of the rare wines that does not overpower salads, tabouleh or steamed vegetables. It is also a worthy companion to traditional local creations such as gougères pastries, snails with garlic butter and jambon persillé, a terrine of cold ham in parsley aspic.
Serving temperature: 11 to 12°C.
 

Situation


The Aligoté grape has been grown in Bourgogne since the 17th century and flourishes here. Whether from the Saône-et-Loire, the Côte-d’Or or the Yonne, it faithfully reflects the diversity of its terroirs. It was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne aligoté, in 1937.

Terroirs

Although it is planted in very different winegrowing areas, the Aligoté grape is generally found on limestone soils, often combined with marl or clay. Aligoté is also suited to hilly locations and higher altitudes.

Appellations Régionales, explained by Jean-Pierre Renard 

 

The Bourgogne Aligoté appellation seen by Sylvain Pataille

"Morey-Saint-Denis and the Aligoté varietal" by Rose-Marie Ponsot

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Regional appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    APPELLATIONS SUR PLUSIEURS VIGNOBLES

  • Information


    Appellation Régionale of Bourgogne.
    The appellation BOURGOGNE ALIGOTÉ is restricted to white wines grown from the Aligoté grape anywhere in the Bourgogne region.
    Producing communes:
    - Department of Yonne: 54 communes.
    - Department of Côte-d’Or: 91 communes.
    - Department of Saône-et-Loire: 154 communes.
     

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    1,577.19 ha.

    *In 2018

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