Highlights: Domaine Rougeot ‘Les Plumes’ Bourgogne Aligoté 2018
This is from a 1.5 hectare vineyard next to Meursault, planted in 1974. Pierre-Henri Rougeot bottles the whole lot without added sulphites. Whole-bunch pressed, cold settled for two days, fermented in concrete and then matured in barrel. It’s a distinctive wine, and noticeably viscous, which is something I’ve not experienced in wine before.
Domaine Rougeot ‘Les Plumes’ Bourgogne Aligoté 2018 France
12.5% alcohol. This is a remarkable naturally made Aligoté, that seems quite viscous when it is poured [note added later: I’m fairly sure this is ropiness, but it doesn’t affect the wine flavour, even though the last pour was alarming]. It’s incredibly mineral and pure, and even a bit salty with layers of flavour. No strong fruit characters here: instead it’s all about lovely mineral, saline, crystalline characters with real texture and a long finish. There’s an amazing presence here, with well integrated acidity: this is quite a wine. Drink now, but I suspect it will evolve nicely. 94/100 (UK agent Uncharted Wines)
Here’s me tasting the wine on camera:
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