France_Burgundy_Côte Chalonnaise_Bouzeron

This is one of the more esoteric appellations in Burgundy as little wine is bottled from this village and the wine is always made from 100% Aligote, a white grape that has high acidity, loads of minerality and little fruit.  This is a good wine to bring to a group tasting as it is hard to find and many people have not had it. It will also stump people because it brings so many characteristics of other grapes to it so blind tasters will think its familiar but be shocked when they find out it is indeed Aligote. 

There are not many quality producers but one must merit a mention. Aubert de Villaine, the co-director of the famous Vosne-Romanee estate, the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, has an estate in the Chalonnaise and makes a spectacular Bouzeron that is racy, rich, mineral and quite ageable. 

The wines taste of mineral, rock and stones and are crisp and refreshing and go great with all types of crustaceans. 

These wines cost between $20 and $30.

Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2008,  2007, 2005, 2004, 2002

Top producers of Bouzeron (in no particular order) include:
  • A. et P. de Villaine
  • Jacquesson
  • Bouchard Pere & Fils