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ALIGOTE Wine Details
Price: $12.00 per bottle

Description: A tasty, fruity wine from the Burgundy area with a hint of its Chardonnay cousin.

Varietal Definition
The second white grape of Burgundy and very much the 'poor relation' of Chardonnay. Originally used as a blending wine with Chardonnay, it is now producing some interesting varietal wines thanks to stainless steel fermentation and modern vinification methods. Somewhat tart and acidic, it is considered the ideal base wine for the French aperitif, Kir.
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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