Róisín Curley, Bourgogne Aligoté 2022


This is another great wine from a super person, Róisín Curley. 

We are very lucky and feel greatly privileged to be able to sell some of her wines.

This is her Bourgogne Aligoté and it is from the very fine, but still painfully small 2022 vintage.

This is a beautiful expression of Burgundy's "Second" white variety and is perfumed, floral and precise, but offers more than others of this variety on account of the careful handling and vinification that Róisín practices. It has attractively high acidity that is met with white and green-fruit flavours, carried onto a long finish. This is a very special Burgundy: it happens to be made from Aligoté.

The presence of Aligoté in Burgundy was first noted in the eighteenth century, but was possibly in existence for many centuries earlier because it is a hybrid of Pinot Noir (which was growing in Burgundy from at least the first century AD) and Gouais (now almost extinct, but a widely planted variety as recorded in Medieval Europe). This parentage allows of the possibility of far earlier planting than the 1700s as well as making it probable.

Broadly speaking, Róisín gives her wines a very light fining and filtration in order to preserve the natural character of the grapes terroir as much as possible. Indeed, some of her wines are left completely unfiltered. For the winemaking itself, she uses concrete tanks or small vats for fermentation, but seldom made with new oak.

In the vineyard at harvest, and in the winery, too, she does a massive amount of sorting of the grapes (called triage in the vineyard) which has sometimes reduced her potential output up to 50%, but such is Róisín's determination for the very best quality.

The standards that she achieves has allowed her access to some of the best coopers and she now uses a mix of different barrel suppliers, buying more in each of the last six harvests in which her wines have been made.

The grape suppliers for Róisín's wines are mostly all farming organically, as is the case for this wine, and the wine-making philosophy is very definitely hands-off and low-intervention, allowing for terroir and variety to shine.

Regular trips to the region and long-term relationships with the growers allow for total control of the process, which again gives such scintillating quality. Certainly the reaction from the growers themselves is immensely positive and this has to be the highest form of praise one could wish to attain.

Róisín is not only a winemaker and micro-negotiant (which means that she buys the grapes rather than owning the vineyards), she is a full-time pharmacist in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, and she is also a Master of Wine.

The enthusiasm she had for wine led to Róisín exchanging her hobby for an incredible alternate life which, via lengthy studies, led her to work in Chateau Latour (yes, that Chateau Latour), Chateau Grillet in the Rhone, and Geisenheim in the Rhein and Montpelier. And finally, to Burgundy where she is making just wonderful wines, but never enough for all of us.

Region: Burgundy

Country: France

Grape(s): Aligoté

Style: Soft, Pure, Profound, Organic, Medium Bodied, Iconic, Fresh, Elegant, Complex, Bright, Balanced

Best food matches: Venison, Veal, Tuna, Trout, Steak, Soft Cheeses, Shellfish, Seafood, Scallops, Salads, Roasts, Poultry, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Game, Fine Dining, Christmas Dinner, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Casseroles, Beef

Alcohol: 11.5%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.