Francois Mikulski Aligote 2019, Burgundy, France
They've cultivated their Burgundy Aligoté vineyards as tenant farmers since 1992 and cover an area of 1.5 hectares. The first was planted in 1929 and the second in 1948 by Joseph Boillot, François Mikulski’s grandfather. Their vines are 100% Aligoté and are cultivated using non-certified organic methods. Annual production: around 9,000 bottles.
A bright and beautiful light gold robe. A gourmet nose of mountain honey, hazelnuts, and almonds; notes of freshly turned earth, wax and delicate Caesar’s mushrooms. When aerated, subtle citrus fruits appear – lime and grapefruit, along with Comice pear, pine nuts and peanuts, dry matter from a very hot vintage, and very ripe lemon again, accompanied by a note of quince, showing just as much ripeness. A dull underlying mineral component can be detected as notes of plaster, brick, cement – all drawn from the subsoil, even if the limestone is very, very deep here. The palate shows substance, very ripe fruit – apple, pear, mandarin – a serious and concentrated wine with flavours of kumquats, Outspan oranges, carrot greens and root vegetables.
A dense and powerful finish; an astonishing length with the mineral resonance of deep rock; concentrated; an Aligoté that remains aloof – destined for neither aperitif nor seafood platter, it needs to be accompanied by hot food – white meat, or at least white pudding or poultry dumplings.
This wine is ideally served as an aperitif and with seafood or terrine.