2019 Olivier Morin Bourgogne Aligoté AOC, Burgundy, France (750ml)

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The little town of Chitry is starting to make waves as a source of top-notch Burgundian wine; and the name on everyone’s lips is Olivier Morin. Since 1992, when he left a life in the music industry to take over his family’s domaine—trading in his turntables for a tractor—Olivier has never looked back. He and his wife Nelly tend some 30 acres of vineyards in the department of the Yonne, between Auxerre and Chablis. The medieval village of Chitry-le-Fort is the center of the small Bourgogne Chitry AOC, and is just a stone’s throw from the village of Chablis and boasts identical, chalky, mineral-rich Kimmeridgian and Portlandian limestone soils.

The estate adheres to organic farming practices, including fermenting on indigenous yeasts, and planting natural herbs between vineyard rows to prevent erosion and using only organic fertilizer in the fields. The soil is plowed to encourage vine roots to dig deep into the chalky soils. The vines, on average, are 30 years old, and create wines that transcend with their stunning complexity, and outstanding value.

Made from 100% Aligoté from 10 – 25-year-old vines. After being harvested, the whole clusters were immediately pressed, fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, and then aged in tank on the fine lees for one year. The cellar is located partially underground, allowing Olivier to move the wine using gravity. Very little sulfur was added at any step in the winemaking process, and the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Pale yellow. Bright citrus aromas. The palate shows depth and beautiful focus, with a touch of yeasty complexity from the time spent sur lie. Crisp flavors of green apple and citrus zest, with a subtle mineral note on the finish. This charming Aligoté is a deliciously refreshing must-have for summer!

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