Sylvain Pataille’s wines, while highly regarded amongst collectors, but go relatively unnoticed by the standard market. His vineyards from the lesser known Marsannay appellation of Burgundy don’t draw the same critical acclaim as the neighboring Côte de Nuits, but that’s not to say the quality is anything lesser than. The Aligoté is my favorite way to enter his catalogue. It’s a lesser known native grape to Burgundy that after being ravaged by Phylloxera at the turn of the century, and falling victim to the stringent AOC classifications that left Aligoté behind, this grape is seeing a resurgence amongst some of the regions best wine makers and for good reason. Aligoté is the perfect vessel for terroir. It’s taught and nervy, with loads of complex minerality and textured mouthfeel make this extremely approachable and never boring.
Grape: Aligoté Dore
Soil: 60% Champ Forey (Limestone, Gravel), 40% Auvonnes (Clay, Marl)
Pairings: Pesto, Clams, Gooey Cow’s Milk Cheeses
Farming: Organic (Certified), Biodynamic (Practicing)
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