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The other Bungundy white grape! Aligote is a cousin of the more famous Chardonnay and has long been grown beside it in the vineyards of their native Burgundy. Commonly drank in this region of France it is less likely to be exported, but despite its historic reputation modern winemakers have shown it is capable of making extremely delicious wine if given space to express itself. Montchovet is just one of those winemakers: biodynamic since 1984, no filtering, wild yeasts. Only 6000 bottles made from the 30 to 70 year old vines.
From the mouth of the importer (Jenny & Francois):
"Didier Montchovet created his biodynamic vineyard in ’84. He leased a modest half a hectare not too far from Pommard, where he five years later added an additional two and a half more hectares that enabled him to begin making wine under his own name. In ’90 Didier sold his first bottling, today Didier works 9.2-hectares of biodynamic vines near the village of Bouze-les-Beaune, which is approximately 4-kilometers northwest of Beaune. The cellar was conceived to make maximum use of gravity, as a result, no pumps are used during the bottling process. Didier also has a system that recuperates rainwater, helping him conserve this natural resource during the spring and summer. Didier is committed to making outstanding Biodynamic wines and the results of his efforts are a vibrant testimony to the harmony that can exist between winemaker and nature."