Didier Montchovet - Aligote

Didier Montchovet - Aligote

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Green apple, ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, chalky minerality. This wine will give Sancerre lovers a run for their money.

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Grapes are pressed straight after harvesting and fermented in enamelled vats. Aged for just 6 months, and bottled after fining with powered clay. Bottles are screw-capped to keep in all the purity of the wine.

Farming: Demeter certified biodynamic


The story of Didier Montchovet is one of dedication and passion. In 1984 Didier decided he would pursue a organic/biodynamic approach which was not a popular idea at the time in Burgundy. Because of this there was no help from his family, and he started off on his own leasing just half a hectare of vines (just over one acre). It was a slow process. He acquired another 6 acres (2.5 hectares) in ’89 and officially released his first vintage for sale in 1990. Didier has continued to grow with the utmost concern for the land, adding two larger plots to his Domaine from the communes of Bouze-les-Beaune and Nantoux. With one glance at the vineyards it is easy to see that Didier follows a different path with more than half of his vines planted in the ‘Y’ shaped, Lyre trellis system. Didier believes there to be many benefits for this method including better circulation for the grapes preventing disease, better exposure for the soil to plant grasses and cereals increasing biodiversity, and the added benefit of the grapes growing higher off the ground, making it easier for the workers to pick standing up. Even the organic fertilizer (manure) is all produced on the property from their livestock minimizing the carbon footprint of the winery. This commitment to high standards in the vineyard is expressed in each bottle released from Domaine Didier Montchovet.

Grapes: Aligote

Aligote is the "other" white grape of Burgundy, known for it's characteristic acidity. In the right growing conditions it has the potential to produce fine, dry, white wines that rival even the greatest Chardonnay. This grape is now largely relegated to the highest and lowest vineyards, where it produces light, early-maturing wines allowed only in the Bourgogne Aligote appellation.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy

Didier Montchovet created his biodynamic vineyard in ’84. He leased a modest half a hectare not too far from Pommard, where he five years later added an additional two and a half more hectares that enabled him to begin making wine under his own name. In ’90 Didier sold his first bottling, today Didier works 9.2-hectares of biodynamic vines near the village of Bouze-les-Beaune, which is approximately 4-kilometers northwest of Beaune. The cellar was conceived to make maximum use of gravity, as a result, no pumps are used during the bottling process. Didier also has a system that recuperates rainwater, helping him conserve this natural resource during the spring and summer. Didier is committed to making outstanding Biodynamic wines and the results of his efforts are a vibrant testimony to the harmony that can exist between winemaker and nature.

Tasting: Green apple, ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, chalky minerality

Pairing: lemon and parmesan pasta, butternut squash and kale salad, shrimp and grits