Definition - What does Aligote mean?

Aligote wine is traditionally from Burgundy, but it is also made in the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia and Romania. From Burgundy, the wine is a light, dry wine style and is mainly used as a blending wine for the region's sparkling wine. It is blended with an allowable amount of 15% Chardonnay.

The wine is of pale gold in color, and its aromas are those of lemon, lime, green apples and green pear. Its flavors are similar to its aroma.

WineFrog explains Aligote

Aligote wine from Burgundy is a light-bodied, dry white wine and is often blended with other varietals. The same concept is used in Bulgaria where the wine is made and blended for its ability to balance acidity with other varietals. In Russia, Aligote is used to make sparkling wines in the Black Sea region. Aligote is also a wine from the region of Beaujolais where young white wines are made for Beaujolais blanc. In Washington state, California and Australia, Aligote is made in small quantities where it is also used as a blending wine.

Aromas and flavors of Aligote wine are compared to lemon drops and crisp green apples, and the color of the wine is a pale golden hue with common characteristics of effervescence, even in non-sparkling wines. It should be served cold and be consumed when it is young and with light foods like salads, flaky fish dishes or as an aperitif.

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