2018 Taupenot-Merme Bourgogne Aligote

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Aligoté, the perpetual bridesmaid of Burgundy, accounts for about 6% of all the vines in the region and actually has the same grape parentage as two of our other favorite French white grapes — chardonnay and melon (as in Muscadet)! While not as lucrative as chardonnay or pinot noir, many winemakers in Burgundy do still farm and bottle aligoté, and it can be a great entry point into their style. Based in Morey-Saint-Denis, Taupenot-Merme is a familiar story of generational inheritance, marrying into more vineyard holdings, and the sort of deep roots that translate into a profound understanding of their terroirs. Currently run by siblings Virginie and Romain Taupenot (ninth generation), the domaine is committed to organic principles in the vineyard and a subtle hand in the cellar. The aligoté comes from two vineyards, planted in 1950 and 1986, and is in a great place right now, hinting at the age worthiness of this grape while retaining freshness. Make it fancy with a classic sole meunière or go cozy with fish chowder or a creamy pasta dish.

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