JWL Issue #116: Aligoté from Burgundy anyone? And 3 supermarket treats

October 27, 2020

Last week, we ran our Zoom event in our Wine List Live series. These small-knit tastings offer you the chance to learn about a wider selection of wines, led by one of our wine tutor team.

This week, we've got our natural wine tasting. We will explore Tillingham's Col '19 alongside Sassomano '15. Wednesday is now sold out, but there's tickets left for Thursday. Sign up today before 11am for £44.99 to get your two wines and Zoom link delivered.

As this year edges towards a close, we're starting to think a lot about our Christmas specials. We're planning a few treats for this Christmas – both inside the regular boxes and outside.

This week's Taste sees a return to a trio of great supermarket wines including a Champagne currently in Waitrose' sale. And Learn turns its eye to aligoté the best kept secret of white Burgundy.


Three supermarket treats

Best Vouvray (£8.75 from Morrisons) is a great example of an off-dry wine with a real elegance to it. Sugar isn't for everyone in wine, but if you want to experiment a little bit – this is a great shout and direction to go. Green apple, honey, and marzipan lead this chenin blanc.

Nicolas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs 2014 is on offer at Waitrose at the moment (£24 down from £32). We opened this on Saturday evening and it was incredible value at this price. There's some florality here mixed with some honey, and some subtle toasty aromas in the background.

Fans of smoky reds should check out Specially Selected Australian Grenache 2019 (£6.99 from Aldi). This is smoky and peppery on the nose, with a drying palate and some punchy 14.5% alcohol. This deserves food, and when you do it really sings.


How come I've never heard of aligoté from Burgundy?

This week's question from Hannah who saw our Bourgogne Aligoté go on sale last week.

Burgundy is perhaps the world's most famous chardonnay producing-region. From the crisp, mineral Chablis through to the buttery, lees-aged chardonnay you'll recognise from villages such as Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, and Macon. Prices go hand-in-hand with scarcity, infancy, and quality.

But the lesser-known aligoté also grows on the hillsides of the Côte Chalonnaise. Aligoté – once most famous as the wine mixer in the kir cocktail – today is where some of Burgundy's most hidden gems lie.

The wines offer much that white Burgundy fans will love: aromas of fleshy white fruits like peach and nectarines. Crisp acidity. Rounded lemon. And some white flowers to boot. They express the local terroir and winemaker, so no two are the same and leaves you hungry to search for more. All in all, it's one of the best that Burgundy has to offer when you're not keen on remortgaging.

For those wanting to try one, check out the Bourgogne Aligoté Mallon 2018 (£18.95 from our shop, £10 off when you buy six or more). thanks to Hannah for the question and a bottle is on its way to you.

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