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We are a handful of winemakers growing our vines in the most unusual terroir of the village of Bouzeron, situated on the Côte Chalonnaise. The very small surface area of the appellation makes it one of the “secrets” of Burgundy.
Perched on top of its hillside, a few kilometres from Puligny-Montrachet to the north and Rully and Mercurey to the south, Bouzeron enjoys exceptional terroir and climatic conditions.
The vines are grown exclusively on favourable slopes in the village communes of Bouzeron and Chassey-le-Camp and benefit from the best east/south-east exposures. The thin soils, with a high content of marly, brown limestone situated at elevations between 270 and 350m, ensure a natural control of yields. A warm microclimate favours grape ripening every year. It was in 1997 that Bouzeron gained its spurs, becoming the only village appellation based on the Aligoté Doré grape variety to be recognized by INAO, the French National Institute for Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées.
Here is Aligoté the King !
Surrounded in Burgundy by an ocean of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Aligoté variety achieves its greatest success here. On the sunny limestone hillsides of the small valley of Bouzeron, the Aligoté de Bouzeron called Aligoté Doré (Golden Aligoté) gives a dry white wine that is soft and fruity, blessed also with roundness and finesse found nowhere else in Burgundy with this grape variety.
In Bouzeron, the oldest vines are trained in ‘Gobelet’ style, or fan-shaped, which allows better sap regulation in the vine and optimum grape quality.
Bouzeron is actively working to achieve greater conservation of numerous vine types with interesting genetic potential. Launched officially, this conservatoire of the Aligotés of Bouzeron (a private vine nursery facility dedicated to the appellation) aims at better knowledge of this unique grape variety.
A scintillating and bewitching wine...
This limpid, scintillating, thirst-quenching, iodine-nuanced white wine, straight-lined and mineral, exalts the spirit. Its pale gold colour, its aromas of acacia, white flowers, hazelnut, lemon... will also make your mouth water.
Full of life, well-rounded and with beautiful length, it adores white fish, oysters, scallops and our regional dishes (Burgundy snails, parsley ham...)
They live and work Bouzeron wine on a daily basis.
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