A et P de Villaine, Aligote de Bouzeron 2013
Jennifer Oakes, Kermit Lynch Wine Importer
The Aligoté grape is the “other” white Burgundy, with only a tiny amount planted, but with the Bouzeron from A. & P. de Villaine, you might not miss your Chardonnay. From arguably one of the greatest winemakers in the world, Aubert de Villaine, wine director at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, this is his personal project with his American-born wife, Pamela—hence the A. and P. in the domaine name. As elegant and charming as its maker, it is golden straw– colored, almost saline, and perfumed with lime blossoms, aniseed, vanilla, and citrus. With its crispness and light mineral acidity, it is absolutely one of my top choices for summer (and any other season) enjoyment. While drinking extremely well right now, with a few years in bottle it will ripen into a plump, spicy gem. When your automatic seafood go-to would have been Chablis or Muscadet, consider Bouzeron to take to your next oyster fest and see what you think.