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Grape Varieties - Aligoté

Aligoté

A very widely-planted white variety common to Burgundy (where it makes the "other" white wine of the region and is a key, traditional constituent of kir). The variety now has its own appellation in Burgundy: Aligoté de Bouzeron.
It is however is also grown in eastern Europe, including Russia. 

Aligoté is part of the Pinot family of grapes and there is a clone grown in Burgundy called Aligoté dorée (i.e. golden Aligoté), which is considered to make wines of higher quality.

When the vines are old and planted on favourable sites, Aligoté is capable of producing wines of good, even very good, quality.

Signature Style

Signature Style

Somewhat akin to Chardonnay, but less rich, more acidic and often giving an earthiness that can, in poorly-made examples from young vines, be unpleasantly dominant.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

AC Aligoté de Bouzeron

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

Burgundy, Eastern Europe, including Russia

Synonyms

Synonyms

Blanc de Troyes, Vert Blanc, Chaudenet Gris, and Plant gris.

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