Aligoté Master! Olivier Morin
Here’s a quick and fun shout out to a wine that should be required drinking for the late days of summer — Oliver Morin‘s stellar 2021 Bourgogne Aligoté.
You can’t pick up a wine mag these days and not read an article on how Aligoté is literally having its moment in the sun: long considered Burgundy’s “other” white grape, Aligoté is now heralded as a more serious white with potential and pep, an affordable Burgundy that still delivers the goods.
Morin’s Aligoté is the ‘Doré’ (golden) clone, a higher quality grape and one that gives more intense aromas and more complex flavors. Usually vinified in tank, this 2021 was aged shortly in large older (neutral) cask — another step up in texture and complexity. And yet it’s still a screaming deal for a white Burgundy wine!
Here’s the kicker quote from wine magazine Decanter — and our 2021 is IN STOCK!
“It provides a lively, aromatic wine and is often very reasonably priced, in contrast to the more reserved, almost neutral aromas of Chardonnay and its increasingly hefty price-tag … Aligoté is the wave of the future, because it’s the cool, drinkable and affordable wine of Burgundy.”
Domaine Olivier Morin
2021 Bourgogne Aligoté
“Surprisingly ripe aromas of quince and pear lead to a light, silky texture on the palate to deliver a wine of balance and finesse. The grapes come from 2ha of 50-year-old vines in Chitry, near Chablis, planted in soils with hard Portlandian pebbles of a Kimmeridgian base. Fermentation was done in used 600-litre demi-muids on native yeasts with minimum intervention. Approachable now and perfect for current drinking.”
Tasted by: Charles Curtis MW, for DECANTER
Drinking Window: 2023 – 2030