Smith-Chapel - Bourgogne Aligoté 2020 750 ML (12% ABV)
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The Smith-Chapel Aligote is made from organic Aligoté Doré from a single east-facing slope in Fixin in the Côte de Nuits. (Jean-Marc Roulot helped them source it.) The soil is a blend of marl and limestone. They only made 1,200 bottles for their inaugural vintage (2018) and the US is getting half of the total production. The label was inspired by the old street signs that have never been replaced in the Beaujolais. In that way, it’s something ordinary, familiar and part of daily life, like aligoté.
Starting with the '18 Aligote, the Smith-Chapel label will be used to distinguish between purchased grapes and wines made from parcels Michele and David farm themselves. Everything under the Smith-Chapel label is from organically grown fruit from Beaujolais and its surrounding regions. A favorite of critic/legend Jancis Robinson.
Yellow golden hue, fresh Key Lime cream and calcareous nose with vibrant lime zest and seagrass on the palate, hint of spearmint. There's a tugging chalky dry finish that I can appreciate from the underappreciated varietal of Burgundy. Rich but stays refreshing.
region: Beaujolais-Burgundy, France
style: fresh white
farming & cellar: organic farming, whole bunch press, fermented with only indigenous yeasts, vinified and aged for 7 months in steel Inox tanks, and was bottled unfined/unfiltered, minimal added so2
pairing: periwinkles butter and garlic, escargot and extra butter and garlic and parsley.