Sub-$25 Summer Stunner: 2012 Bachelet Bourgogne Aligote

Posted by Ian McFadden

Bachelet’s Aligoté is a wine we just can’t get enough of, especially as the temperatures rise.

Whenever Bachelet is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is how the entire line-up overdelivers, from top-to-bottom. It comes as no surprise then, that even his Aligote defies expectations. This is one of the bottles that we drink each summer in ample quantities.

Bachelet has a special touch with the Aligoté grape.

He is part of a select group of producers - Coche, De Moor, de Villaine, d'Auvenay - that endows Aligoté with more depth and many more dimensions than one typically associates with the grape. Speaking frankly, your stardard Aligoté is nothing to write home about - it's lemon-y and sort of innocuous. Without sacrificing any freshness, Bachelet's version delivers plenty of interest.

Bachelet in particular handles his Aligoté with meticulous care and precision, coaxing out complexity, chiseled minerality and tons of freshness. In 2012, the wine offers gorgeous concentration and vibrancy.

The 2012 Aligoté delivers a vivid spectrum of citrus, smoke, and saline-inflected minerality. While the grape is known for its high - sometimes bracing - acidity, Bachelet manages to achieve beautiful balance and harmony. It’s bright, refreshing and incredibly hard to put down.

Simply put, this a wine you’ll want to have in quantity throughout the summer months. Whether you're grilling outside or just enjoying the sunshine, few wines simultaneously offer as much value and sheer enjoyment. We strongly recommend stocking up.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine and Rare Wine

Crush Wine & Spirits