2006 Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Aligote "Raisins D'Ore"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
As the name would suggest, here the fruit is slightly riper though still very fresh and spicy while dissolving into delicious, round and relatively rich flavors that possess just a bit more depth on the equally crisp and racy finish.
Lovely entry and a snappy acidity, with a long finish. While showing the acidity and focus expected of an Aligote, this also has some of the richness and elegance that they often lack. On the nose it displays an appealing nuttiness. It is a selection of Lafarge's ripest grapes, thus the name "Golden Grapes." It is from a vineyard on the border with Meursault, and shows some Meursault-like minerality as well. If you aren't familiar with this grape, try this wine and you'll see why some stubborn Burgundians continue to grow it and refuse to bend to the winds of Chardonnay. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)