Le Grappin Bourgogne Aligoté 2019
If you’ve developed a taste for Chablis, then have a hoon on this. The Aligoté grape is grown in small quantities in Burgundy, where Chardonnay is also at home. Producers have never taken the variety as seriously as now and Le Grappin Bourgogne Aligoté is a fine example of that. Made from 80 years old vines, the pretty florals, stone fruit and lengthy acidity are true to the variety. A savoury palate with some texture are tribute to care and attention in the winery, with 9 months on lees in large format oak.
Andrew and Emma Neilson are not Burgundy natives. They started their micro-negociant after working for the likes of Simon Bize, Felton Road and Coldstream Hills. Their initial intention was to make distinct expressions of different sites in Savigny-les-Beaune. Fortunately they’ve widened the scope to include other Burgundy sites, as well as Beaujolais and the Rhone Valley.