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Wines with Aligote Grapes

by Jul 28, 2016

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Aligoté is a white wine grape from France, acknowledged as Burgundy’s tart, notably famous in Eastern Europe.

 Aligoté grapes

This grape variety is used to produce a varietal wine and in one of Burgundy’s blend of sparkling wine called the Crémant de Bourgogne.

In Burgundy, Aligoté is considered as the second most famous white grape variety after Chardonnay.

The grape variety lies a long way behind Burgundy of which the planted area with 1700 hectares against 12,800 hectares.


In the year 1780, Aligoté was first specified by Dupre de Saint – Maur, under the name Plant de Trois; an old synonym referred to as its branches bearing three bunches each.

In the year 1807, this grape variety was proposed to be pulled up than planted based from the document from Cote d’Or.

According to the DNA profiling shown in 1999, that Aligoté is a natural offspring of Pinot and Gouais Blanc just like its kin Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Melon and other minor varieties from of northeastern France.

The name Aligoté possibly came from the old synonym of Gouais Blanc named Got since this grape variety is also a member of the same ampelographic group.

Characteristics of Aligoté

Vines of Aligoté are vigorous and productive as well as early budding hence prone to spring frosts; early ripening and susceptible to downy mildew and botrytis bunch rot. The harvest of Aligoté grapes is significant according to vineyard site.

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Characteristics of Aligoté Wines

The total area of vineyards in France was the same fifty years ago even though it has a decline in the year 1980.

Aligoté produces top-quality wines which have high acidity, fine structure and full of flavors. The best growers produce balanced wines with nutty and citrus hints which are very attractive to drink.

The exceptional wines made from Aligoté are normally found in the Bouzeron region in the Cote Chalonnaise.

Food Pairings

Aligoté wines are traditionally mouthwatering and awesome to drink with food especially with shellfish and other seafood.

Some match them with chicken in cream sauces as well as with pasta sauces like pesto or white clam sauce. Great food pairings provide happiness to every drinker of all Aligoté wines.

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Michael Bredahl

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