2019 Domaine Berthenet Bourgogne Aligote

2019 Domaine Berthenet Bourgogne Aligote

The 2019 Domaine Berthenet Bourgogne Aligote is a splendid rendition of this grape. Bursting with bright and tangy citrus and mineral, this will appeal to those who like Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet, and other clean and crisp whites.

The Aligote grape often produces bland and forgettable white wines, but when it's done right, it can yield super refreshing and thirst-quenching wines. Francois Berthenet and his dad Jean-Pierre own a tiny patch of Aligote that was planted back in 1950. It's these old vines that make this wine so good.

2019 Domaine Berthenet Bourgogne Aligote

If you like clean and crisp whites like Sauvignon Blanc and/or Muscadet, you'll love this one!

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Based in the village of Montagny in the Cote Chalonnaise, Domaine Berthenet got their start in 1974. I know that's fairly new for a French estate, but the Berthenets can trace their roots in the region back more than four centuries, and the family has always tended vines. Needless to say, they know the region, the soils, the grapes, and the overall pulse of their vineyards. It's excactly this kind of vigneron I want making my wine.

Today, the family farms according to the principles of lutte raisonnee, an integrated approach to agriculture that incorporates organic and sustainable practices. I fully respect this approach to farming, as it's not an easy profession. Whatever they're doing, they're doing it right, and when you taste this wine, you'll know exactly what I mean. Like most Aligote, this one is fermented in stainless steel to preserve purity and freshness. Unlike most Aligote, this one has depth of flavor and a long finish.

When I popped and poured this, I was not expecting much, but I misjudged this one badly. As a staff, we all kind of flipped over this one. It kind of smells like a lighter Macon Villages or a more restrained Sauvignon Blanc. Zippy notes of green apple, lemon, and wet rock lead into a lively palate of citrus, green herb, and mineral. It's not a grand wine or one that is going to inspire hours of contemplation, but it is one that goes down easily and one that puts a smile on my face.

I had a bottle the other night with miso-glazed salmon, and the wine's bright acidity cut through the fatty salmon perfectly. Try something different and expand your horizons. Try Aligote!

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville