Key features of the Aligoté grape variety include:
- Acidity: Aligoté wines are often characterized by their high acidity, making them refreshing and lively on the palate.
- Flavour Profile: Aligoté wines typically exhibit green apple, citrus, and sometimes floral notes. The grape’s flavours can be more restrained compared to the fuller-bodied Chardonnay.
- Ageing Potential: Aligoté wines are generally meant to be consumed young, although some producers make more complex, age-worthy versions that can develop additional nuances with time.
- Geographic Origin: While primarily associated with Burgundy, especially in the regions of Bouzeron, Aligoté is also grown in other parts of the world, including Eastern Europe and some parts of the New World.
Aligoté is sometimes overshadowed by the more famous Chardonnay grape in Burgundy, but it has gained recognition for its distinct qualities and is appreciated by those who enjoy a crisp, acidic white wine. Some producers are working to elevate the reputation of Aligoté by producing high-quality expressions that showcase the grape’s unique characteristics.