Domaine Giraudon Bourgogne Aligote 2018
The Giraudon family has been farming and making wine in Chitry for centuries, and the current proprietor, Marcel Giraudon, follows very traditional methods in his work. Chitry-Le-Fort, as the name suggests, was once a fortified town and in the Middle Ages the main road, La Grande Rue, formed the boundary between the lands of the Count of Tonnerre in Champagne and the Count of Auxerre in Burgundy. In the 19th century, wines of Chitry were sold under the name of Chablis and in 1929 the wines were accorded the name of Bourgogne des Environs de Chablis. Today, Chitry is one of four viticultural communes of the Auxerrois and wines are labeled as Bourgogne or Bourgogne Chitry. The vineyards here are on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl as one finds in Grand Cru Chablis, and at Domaine Giraudon, yields in the vineyard are kept modest with all harvesting done by hand. The estate's 18.5 hectares are planted to Aligoté and Pinot Noir exclusively, and for the Aligoté, fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with malolactic conversion to add a lovely mid palate to the wine's vibrant fruity and mineral qualities. This Bourgogne Aligote is the domaine's flagship wine and the 2017 is a delicious choice for everyday enjoyment, particularly in a French wine loving kitchen or household. Its crisp, refreshing charm will impress fans of Muscadet, Chablis and Sancerre and offer an off the beaten path alternative as your go-to, educational aperitif. Pair with seafood, white meats, fresh cheeses, quiche, salads and asian noodles, or just enjoy a glass while you're prepping dinner.