Les Vins du Clair Obscur - Aligote 2018
Region: Maranges / Cote de Beaune
A great example of Aligote this one. Textual and silky on the palate balanced by a backbone of balanced acidity. Flavoursome with notes of citrus and peach. Delicious and interesting.
Aligote is direct pressed and sees a 9 month elevage in older oak post ferment.
The Region: Les Maranges is a weird little region, sitting apart from the rest of the Cote de Beaune. In many ways a continuation of Santenay in terms of soil profile, but with a more south-westerly aspect. Pinot Noir dominates.
The Producer: This story started in the ‘60s when the family planted some vines purely for personal consumption. Since then Pierre Clair runs the day-to-day in parallel with working at the prestigious biodynamic property Domaine de Marquis as a “chef de Culture”. He was previously doing this at Domaine de Montille. The philosophy of Pierre is simple, he vinifies using whole bunches, old barriques and without additives. Recently they have added a few more wines to their line-up utilising negoce grapes to extend their offering and experiment with new wines. A genuine rising star in less well known appellation.