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Smith-Chapel 2019 Bourgogne Aligoté
Pungent and ripe aromas are composed of petrol, straw, apple and citrus scents. The nicely vibrant and delicious middle weight flavors possess excellent verve that also suffuses the clean and focused finale. This well-made effort should be capable of rewarding a year or two of cellaring if desired.
Pale gold. Light smoky nose and then extremely opulent fruit on the palate with a hint of spearmint! Gloriously friendly. This has absolutely nothing to do with the tart Aligotés of old. Quite a throb of interest and vitality on the finish. Scrummy – perhaps too much so now to give it a longer life. Super-clean and interesting. I went back to this a whole week after tasting it and it was still in great shape and so thoroughly interesting that I increased my score from 16.5 to 17. It's still totally scrummy.
I hope this gives you the picture. Scrumminess incarnate. Rich but not remotely sweet. A lovely combination of the ripeness of the Mâconnais and the discipline of Aligoté. Not a copy of a Côte d’Or white. Its own beast. Nick, who usually wholeheartedly favours red over white, drained the bottle to the last drop.” Jancis Robinson
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