What to do on a rainy April day in Burgundy, apart from taste wine? Well not a lot, judging by the number of people who attended the tasting organised by Les Aligoteurs, an organisation headed by the organic wine maker Sylvain Pataille, to promote Aligote, commonly misunderstood as the poor relation of Chardonnay.
With over 50 winemakers from throughout Burgundy participating, the day offered a rare opportunity to appreciate the subtlety and complexity, which this grape is capable of delivering in the hands of a good winemaker. Stunning examples included from Sylvain Pataille himself, Cyril Audin and Jean Fournier all from Marsannay, Arnaud Ente from Meursault, and Nicolas Faure from Meuilley. There were many other interesting wines, and now that an organisation has been formed to spread the word, Aligote may not have to worry about the 'poor relation' designation for very much longer!
The event was held in the grounds of the restaurant Bois Rouge in Flagey - contact details below, and also a Face Book address for further particulars about the Aligote organisation.