Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté 2020
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote Chalonnaise|
|Brand||Domaine de Villaine|
This Bouzeron comes from vines situated on the best slopes of the appellations. The Domaine has planted to Bouzeron the golden Aligoté doré grape, which gives lowers yield and more aromatic wines than its cousin, the Aligoté vert.
True to its varietal nature, this Bouzeron is a lively, fruity wine, but it also has a finesse and roundness that spring from the essential nature of the terroir.
There is a pure lemony fruit on the initial attack here, but there is more complexity than that, with saline, iodine notes, plus hints of beeswax and hay. The texture is truly enchanting, with a rich, waxy, slightly phenolic texture and a lovely, slight bitterness that balances out the richness. This is built to age and will last a decade or more, at least. Drinking Window 2022 - 2035.
This aligote offers sophisticated refreshment. Very fresh nose of lemon zest, flint and a slew of fresh garden herbs. Sleek and racy, with a lovely balance of creaminess from sur-lie maturation, zesty acidity and salty minerality. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.
Aromas of green apple, freshly baked bread, mint and beeswax introduce the 2020 Bouzeron, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive wine with a lively spine of acidity, chalky structure and a saline finish. After the unusually rich, concentrated 2019, the 2020 marks a return to a more classically proportioned Bouzeron from de Villaine. The 2020 and 2019 vintages have been kind to Domaine de Villaine, where the thoughtful Pierre de Benoist and his team have produced a fine set of wines, including the 2020 La Digoine, a bottle that gets my nod as the finest red produced at this address in recent times. Established in 1971 by Aubert de Villaine and farmed organically since 1986, Aubert's nephew Pierre de Benoist has had the helm since 2003, presiding over a recent expansion into Rully that means the estate now exploits a fantastic array of climate in that commune. The flagship bottling, of course, is the Aligoté, emblematic of Bouzeron, which returns to more classical proportions in 2020 after the unusually concentrated, intensely flavored 2019 rendition.