Think Burgundy is too expensive? Instead of reaching for Chardonnay from other regions, consider Aligote, Burgundy’s lesser-known white grape varietal.
Established in the late 1920s by Pierre Ramonet, and quickly became one of the most notable producers not only in Chassagne-Montrachet, but in all of Burgundy. Today, his grandsons rule over the winery and still works with old vines —- typically 18 to 50 years old — choosing to keep the yields low to ensure the resulting wines shine.
It’s light, with bright acidity, vibrancy, and a plush, mouth-coating body. Lingering and opulent like my favorite white Burgundy, witty notes of lemon citrus, crunchy apple, wildflower, and wax. Electric but decadent. $60
Kate Dingwall is a WSET-trained sommelier and spirits writer. Her work has appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Forbes.com, and Food & Wine, and she pours wine at one of Canada’s top restaurants.