Du Grappin 2022-Bourgogne-Aligoté


“Our Du Grappin wines are vins de soif, made to be delicious, fun and refreshing. We make them by hand in our ancient cuverie in the walls of Beaune from grapes we source from passionate, local growers. The result are wines with vivacity and personality.” – Andrew Nielsen, Le Grappin

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Notes from winemaker Andrew Nielsen

From a 80-year old plus vines in “Perelles Le Haut”, in the Mâcon La Roche Vineuse appellation. The parcel is planted to Aligoté Doré, the original clone of Aligoté, which used to be considered Chardonnay’s equal and was co-planted in many celebrated Chardonnay parcels. Old vines, great exposition, cool nights, and limestone, all combine to make for a special site for Aligoté. The vines are farmed sustainably without use of herbicides, pesticides nor insecticides.

Hand picked, half the grapes were placed as whole clusters in a sealed tank for a carbonic maceration, the other half was destemmed and macerated with its juice. After seven days, both macerations were pressed and combined into old 300 litre oak barrels to continue fermentation, with no additions, temperature control nor SO2. The wine sat on full lies, undisturbed for nine months before being bottled. A light filtering and minimal effective SO2 added before bottling.

Varietal: Aligoté Doré