2018 AMI AOP Bourgogne Aligoté 'Skin'


Regular price $70.00

From importer Ryan Larkin:

Based in Chassey-le-Camp (about 4km from Bouzeron), these vineyards are made up of clay and limestone and are quite sandy. Willy began working in this vineyard and converting it to organic in 2017. These vines are 45 years old. 50% was direct press, the other 50% was de-stemmed by hand and the grapes were macerated for 10 days. The wine was raised in old barrels for 10 months. No battonage, no fining or filtration, and no SO2 at any stage. Only 600 bottles produced.

Quite a light colour due to the short maceration, so it's not evidently orange as such. Instant hit of iodine on the nose, with gentle note of lemon verbena and dandelions. Quite briny with lots of mineral action, not much fruit to speak of initially. To drink it's clean, and the salty tang comes through, except this time there is some fruit - light mandarin drops, lemon, lime and apple. Very fresh and on the leaner side, it is very salty and displays great length and freshness. You really feel the limestone on the finish. Less texture than the straight Aligoté, this is quite different. The lime fruit becomes more prominent over time, making this even more enjoyable. The phenolics start to appear more as well, adding an extra dimension and some light grip. I know I've said it a few times, but I can't get over how salty this is, it's really cool!

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