Agnes Paquet, Bourgogne Ali Boit Boit Et Les 40 Buveurs Methode AncestraleRegular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Making a name for yourself in the wine world is hard no matter where you are based, but being located in Burgundy makes this nearly impossible without a famed family name to back you. Agnes did not have this. What she does have is hard work and a belief in what she is doing. Agnes, year after year, makes elegant and delicate wines with a real sense of place. The wines drink exactly as they should for the level of designation and village they represent.
The name of this fun, natural sparkling means “Alibaba and the forty drinkers.” If that doesn’t sound fun, this Aligote pet-nat will do the trick. The wine is bottled before fermentation ends, giving the wine a hint of sweetness and fizz.
Buisson-Charles, Bourgogne Aligote Sous le Chemin 2020Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Buisson-Charles has been an insider secret for years, though with a bit of international attention, the wines are now in the spotlight. Michel Buisson is the third generation of this winery, now verging on 80 years old and still tending to the vines. His daughter Catherine and her husband, Patrick, have become the faces of the new generation. The domaine’s approach is modest with less new oak usage and production at 35,000 bottles, though the wines themselves are anything but modest. 12 hectares of vines comprise the estate, most of it based in Meursault from very old vines ranging from 65-100 years old. The style of Buisson Charles is classic and restrained; the wines attest to this in volumes.
“Sous Le Chemin” is a vineyard name that means “under the path.” The vines are 45 years old and marked by the style of the village of Meursault. The wine drinks more like the traditional Chardonnay from this village versus the lighter-handed expressions of Aligote. The wine ages for twelve months in barrels and a shorter time in steel before release.
Guilhem et Jean-Hugues Goisot, Bourgogne Aligote 2020Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
The Goisot family hails from the small appellation of Saint-Bris, which geographically speaking, is part of Chablis, but was exiled from the appellation after phylloxera. While the history of winemaking in Burgundy dates back centuries, Jean-Hugues Goisot was among Burgundy's earliest fathers of biodynamic viticulture. His son, Guillaume, maintains this rigorous commitment with the family today. The Goisot family knows that in order to be one of the top producers in Burgundy, especially within an appellation that fought long and hard for a share of the spotlight, the wines would need to shine even brighter. They have a firm understanding of the region’s terroir; their wines consistently radiate quality and value.
Aligote is the less popular Burgundy counterpart to Chardonnay, but undeservedly so. Aligote needs less ageing, and is able to be drunk young while many of the regions Chardonnays continue their time in the cellar. This Aligote is aged in stainless steel with a hefty minerality from the clay and fossilized oyster shells below the vines in Saint-Bris.
Nicolas Carmarans, Entre Les Eaux 2020Regular price $44.00 Save $-44.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc and Aligote
Aveyron is very well removed in terms of the wine regions of France. A little lesser known, the region is nestled near the mouth of the Loire River, southern Burgundy, and the northern Rhone valley. Actually, the area is better known for its sheep and the bleu d’Auvergne cheese than its vines. The reason why it’s so uninhabited is there was a massive shift of people moving to Paris where it was much easier living than the rugged terrain of southern France. Nicolas Carmarans knows firsthand as his grandfather was one of those people. Nicolas returned to his ancestral village and began growing vines there in 2002. Mauvais Temps is his most prized vineyard due to its abandoned state after the frost of 1956. The woods surrounding the vines create a diversified environment which is vital for the vines. The wines are unusual and beautifully made.
This wine’s name means “Between the Two Tides,” referring to the two rivers straddling the vines here: the Loire and the Saone. The wine brings together the Aligote and Chenin Blanc, from Burgundy and the Loire respectively. He vinifies this wine as if it were a super classic style, and it certainly drinks that way, too.