Aligoté (white)

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Aligoté plays the Robin role to Chardonnay's Batman in Burgundy, where it produces crisp, sharp, if neutral dry whites, with a lemony tang of acidity.

Aligoté © provided by BIVB / DR
Image: Aligoté © provided by BIVB / DR

You can understand why Aligoté is traditionally used to add a bit of verve and bite to the local creme de cassis to make Kir, or Champagne for Kir Royale. In the Côte Chalonnaise in southern Burgundy, ally goaty, as the English like to call it, is the exclusive white grape variety in the Bouzeron appellation. It crops up in eastern Europe and is often used for sparkling wine in the former USSR wine producing countries.

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