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Alice & Olivier De Moor, Aligote 'Plantation 1902', 2020

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Orchard Fruit, Mineral, Pure

Burgundy / White / Aligote / Organic

Farming

Organic

Producer

Alice & Olivier De Moor

Grape

Aligote

Wine Type

White

Country

France

Region

Bourgogne Aligote AOC, Burgundy

Vintage

2020

Alcohol

13%

Size

75cl

 

Very old vines (planted 1902) from a 0.5 ha parcel located in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux and managed biodynamically. A cuvée that is not produced every year, low yield around 20hl/ha. Late manual harvest, long fermentation in barrels and on fine lees, without batonnage. Maturation for one year, half in new casks and the rest in 7 to 8 year old barrels. Not fined, nor filtered, just a micro-dose of sulphur at bottling. This is one of the fines Aligotes we have ever tasted and shows the vrape can make extraordinary wines. 

Notes on the producer

Alice and Olivier are well known for their pure, natural wines that they craft from small plots in Chablis, Chitry and the little known Saint Bris appellation. They have been tending their organic vines near their village of Courgis for over twenty years now. Courgis lies north west of Dijon so it is quite a cold area leading to low yields from the vines. The De Moors have worked their vines organically since 2005, a rarity in their area. In 2002, they stopped using large harvest bins and replaced them with small boxes where the grapes are not crushed by their own weight. In 2007, they built a large and high-ceilinged winery, allowing them to do all their cellar work by gravity. In 2008, they purchased a second-hand pneumatic press to treat the grapes in the gentlest way possible. There is no SO2 used at harvest or during the vinification. Aging has traditionally been in Burgundian barrels of different ages for the Chablis wines, the Bourgogne Chitry and the old vine Aligoté, with young vine wines and Sauvignon aged in cement and stainless steel tanks. They make stunning wines and are increasingly hard to get hold off som grab them whilst you can.

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