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Aligote wine variety in Australia

Aligote is a white wine variety is best known for its use in Burgundy. 

Its role is either to make a straight varietal wine or to blend with Chardonnay in some white wines in  Burgundy and nearby Chablis.

Aligote is also used in Eastern Europe and the states of the former Soviet Union. In Russia it is favoured as the variety used to make sparkling wines.

As a blending variety Aligote adds acidity and structure to other varieties, particularly Chardonnay.

To my knowledge this variety is used by only one Australian winery. Hickinbotham on the Mornington Peninsula use Aligote in a blend with Chardonnay. Their 2002 Chardonnay with Aligote was a finalist in the 2006 Federation Square Victorian Wine Regional Showcase Awards.

Varietal Aligote wines are often used as base wines to make the famous French aperitif Kir, also known as vin blanc cassis. This is a favourite drink in Dijon.

AligoteVarietal Aligote from Burgundy. It is also used in Blends

How to make Kir

Kir is a simple and refreshing wine cocktail.

You can make Kir by adding one part Creme de Cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to four or five parts white wine.

The high acidity of Aligote makes it highly suitable for this use, but any white wine with a high acid content will do.

Enjoy it on a warm afternoon, with or without canapes

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