Domaine Pansiot Aligote Bourgogne 21

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Bourgogne Aligoté is a lesser-known gem in the world of Burgundy winemaking. Although Aligoté has a lengthy and intriguing history in the region, it's forever overshadowed by its more prestigious counterparts, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Perhaps the grapes' most prominent brush with fame comes from its use as an ingredient when blended with Crème de Cassis in the famous Kir cocktail.

Despite its entry-level pricing and reputation, Aligoté can produce wines of surprising complexity and elegance when crafted with care by a talented vigneron. Its fresh acidity and vibrant fruit profile make it a refreshing alternative to richer Chardonnay-based White Burgundy. It offers a unique expression that still carries the terroir-driven characteristics we adore with Burgundy.

Domaine Pansiot is located in the picture-postcard village of Corgoloin, on the very southern tip of Côte de Nuits. Today, the estate is under the capable stewardship of Émilie Pansiot, who took over winemaking duties from her parents in 2005. Émilie adds a modern touch to the Domaine, fusing new winemaking skills with the time-honored traditions that have shaped Domaine Pansiot for generations.

In your glass, the pale gold color leads to lively aromas of green apple, lemon zest, and a lovely hint of white flowers. A refreshing brightness dances on the palate, rewarding the senses with flavors of citrus, pear, and a touch of minerality. This wine is well-balanced, with a clean, zesty finish that leaves you wanting more. It's a versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes.

Our favorite pairing for Pansiot Bourgogne Aligoté is seafood, particularly shellfish like oysters and mussels. Its verve and freshness perfectly complement the briny nature of the shellfish. It's also a fantastic match for salads, goat cheese, and light poultry dishes. At our last AWM Wine Dinner, we served this delightful Aligoté with Escargot, and it was a runaway hit. The wine's crispness cut through the richness of the escargot, creating a gorgeous, memorable pairing.

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