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. One of the finest Aligoté we know.

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, or as in 2021, a Spring frost, cool and rainy.

Winemaking

Hand picked, foot-crushed in an old Vaselin wooden press, the grapes were slowly pressed over four hours to pick up structure, grip and reductive potential. The juice was settled overnight, before being racked to old 350 litre oak barrels with the finest solids from the pressing for a natural fermentation with no additions, temperature control nor SO2. The wine sat on its full lies, undisturbed for nine months before being bottled with a light filtration and minimal effective SO2.

Vintage Notes 2021
Alcohol %: 10,4
SO2 Total: 43
Tasting: 2022-12-14 – fine spicy, oak influenced nose, much more, has baked apple and spice as well as lemon and lime, very stylish, some glycerol, too. creamy, apricot, very cool