Vigneron: Vincent Boyer is one of Meursault’s young superstar winemakers. His golden white Burgundies from Meursault and Puligny are among the finest in our cellar. Vinous calls his wines “superb” and “very impressive;” Jasper Morris MW writes “Boyer seems to make better wines year after year.”
Appellation: Chardonnay is responsible for all of Burgundy’s finest white wines. But 10% of white wine vineyards in Burgundy are Aligoté, a less celebrated grape that produces simple, refreshing wines. Aligoté is seldom magnificent, but in the hands of the right winemaker it can be delicious.
Wine: Boyer-Martenot’s Aligoté is unlike any other we’ve had, with a rich mouthfeel and unusually complex bouquet. Through 45+ year old vines and barrel fermentation, Boyer turns this ordinary grape into a smooth, delightful white with notes of wild honey, herbs, flowers, and classic green apple. Burghound calls it “vibrant, fresh and utterly delicious.” This wine keeps getting better — we just restocked (for the third time) with everything they had left.
Pairing: Treat this like an entry level Bourgogne, just one with unusual smoothness and depth. Pair with lobster rolls, steamers, grilled chicken thighs, or an Eventide fish sandwich.
Boyer-Martenot Aligoté 2017
bottle price: $24
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