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Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Aligoté 2019
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Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Aligoté 2019

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The resurgence of Aligoté can be traced back to 'Les Aligoteurs', an association created in Burgundy by the chef, Philippe Delacourcelle as well as the winegrowers Sylvain Pataille, Laurent Fournier, Pablo Chevrot, Jérôme Galeyrand, Manuel Olivier, Anne Morey and Nicolas Faure. Today the association has grown to about 60 winegrowers in Burgundy. They are committed to producing high quality Aligoté, an often overlooked varietal that was probably taken most seriously by Pataille who bottles several cuvées, mostly single parcel, from old Aligoté Doré vines. This offering is sourced from 2 plots in Marsannay, and properly showcases the grape's linear and compact reflection of Burgundian terroir.

Notes from Veritas Imports:

"Sylvain Pataille is one of the new breed of winemakers who first achieved the highest level of technical training before beginning to craft his own wines.  A highly-regarded consulting oenologist, who still advises over 15 Burgundy domaines, Pataille has in very short order built up (mostly en fermage)  a domaine of some 15 hectares, all in Marsannay, the northernmost, and most recent (1987) AOC of the Côte de Nuits.

 Domaine Pataille currently produces 12 cuvées, including not only red, white and rosé Marsannay (Marsannay being the only appellation in the Côte d’Or permitted AC rosé), but also Aligoté, Passetoutgrain and Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge."

Bourgogne Aligoté AOC
Aligoté Doré
Organic, practicing biodynamic
60% from Champ Forey (limestone and gravel soil), 40% from Auvonnes (clay, marl soil with small stones)
Directly pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation (2/3 in older barrels, 1/3 in tank). Aged for 12 months, minimal sulfur, added only at bottling.