The next time you are at a restaurant, ask for Aligoté. If your server seems confused, simply say, "It is the other white Burgundy."
Just when you thought you were mastering the confounding aspects of Burgundy, we introduce you to Aligoté, Burgundy's unsung hero.
Before we discuss the beauty of this wine, let's do a quick recap:
Burgundy can be broken down into two broad categories: whites and reds. Generally speaking, all red Burgundies are Pinot Noir and all white Burgundies are Chardonnay.
There are, however, two exceptions. For reds, the Gamay grape may be used in Burgundy's Beaujolais appellation. And for whites, besides Chardonnay, Aligoté is permitted. It even has its own appellation, Bourgogne Aligoté.
It is the best value on the menu!
This is the 2016 Jaffelin Bourgogne Aligoté. Wrapped in unmistakable Burgundian terroir, it is clear and fresh on the nose, offering up notes of white flowers and a hint of citrus. Subtle and fresh on entry it has young pear and lemon notes that come through on the mid-palate.
It is a perfect match for grilled fish, and its liveliness and vibrancy stand up well to oysters and goat cheese. A chameleon, it will not overpower your salads, tabbouleh or steamed vegetables.
It is versatile, seamless and smooth... and the best value on the menu.