Wine gems that don’t cost the earth

Stéphane Murat Bourgogne
Aligoté 2022
1) 14263485 | $26.15
Aligoté, besides its role in making Kir, is gaining ground… or rather, terroir. Long neglected, it is now appreciated by the new generation of Burgundy winemakers who are planting it on the best plots of land. For proof, Stéphane Murat’s aligoté is a terroir sponge. The stamp of a clay and limestone soil translates into a nose with floral notes, fruity and saline, followed by a mouth that makes you salivate, and expresses
both minerality along with tenderness. Pairs beautifully with large wild shrimp with lemon butter.

 

 

 

Frisach L’Abrunet de Frisach Terra Alta  2023
2) 14280437 | $ 21.60
In Catalonia, brothers Joan and Francesc Ferré are upsetting two centuries of wine culture of the Frisach domaine which always sold its  production of grapes. Since 2009, the pair has been creating a range of “natural” wines which are creating a sensation.

The Abrunet de Frisach white, produced from the vine Vernatxa, (white grenache) is harvested twice: an early harvest to capture the natural acidity and lighten the   plant, and another to harvest the grapes at maturity. This explains the balance between the crisp fruitiness and a  tender body in the mouth. Pair this white with its vibrant freshness tasting of pear, citrus and umami with a convivial platter of sushi.

 

 

Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d’Asti 2021
3) 11863282 | $27.75
A little gem for fans of an Italian Piemonte red who like a finely cut style. The last Barbera d’Asti vintage from the house of Vietti, the 2021 charms first with its purplish colour from which rise scents of Morello cherries and blue plums. In the mouth, the fruit is dashing and the liveliness a touch biting. An hour later, the acidity marries the fleshiness of the Barbera and favours the organoleptic subtleties, pleasing the tastebuds. A new friend for the veal burger.