Appellation: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Cuvée: Skin
Colour: Orange
Grapes: Aligoté Doré
About: The Nielsens were excited to find this parcel in the Maconnais in 2017 because it’s the Doré clone which was once so highly reputed it was co-planted in many celebrated vineyards notably Corton-Charlemagne. It’s also old vine at high altitude and south facing on limestone, all great auspices. Their first version was in fact this Orange version in order to show a different face to Aligoté.

Vines

Location: From within the Macon La Roche Vineuse appellation above the hamlet of Sommère
Size: 2 ha
Age: planted in 1930s
Soils: limestone
Exposition: south
Altitude: 400m
Training: guyot
Farming philosophy: sustainably without use of herbicides, pesticides nor insecticides.
Average yield hl/ha: 50
Climate: Once upon a time considered continental with cold wet winters and warm summers, now anything can happen, in particular scorching summer heat.

Winemaking

Half of the crop was vinified by whole bunch carbonic maceration in a closed tank while the other half was de-stemmed and macerated in its juice. After 9 days both tanks were pressed and blended and put into old 300L barrels to continue to ferment with no additions, no sulfur, no temperature control. The wine sat on full lees, undisturbed for thirteen months before being blended a month before bottling. A light filtering and minimal effective SO2 added before bottling.

Vintage Notes 2021
Alcohol %: 9,7
SO2 Total: 26
Tasting: 2022-12-14 – completely different from the white this is all grapefruit pith and zesty texture, complex.