2018 Domaine Rougeot Père et Fils Bourgogne Aligote ‘Les Plumes’ Sans Sulfite
This wine has fresh aromas, smokey undertones, and a saline-tinged finish. On the palate it is bone dry and light bodied with thirst-quenching acidity – very refreshing, to say the least! Produced using organic/biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested fruit, native yeast fermentation, and bottled unfined / unfiltered.
The entire production of Rougeot’s Aligoté from ‘Les Plumes’ is bottled sans soufre (without sulfur).
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Pierre-Henri Rougeot has been quietly producing some of Burgundy’s most enticing, low-intervention wines since 2010. Upon returning to his family’s domaine—an 18th century stone cellar originally built for the Hospices de Beaune (and purchased by his great-great-grandfather in the 19th century)—Pierre-Henri has taken an organic approach to farming and implemented a natural style of vinification in the cellar.
Today, the Rougeot holdings span 13 hectares of vines in and around Meursault. Although greatly influenced by Burgundian tradition, Pierre-Henri’s worldly experience has pushed him to craft soft, energetic vins natures that are shaking up the region’s scene in the most profound way. All of Pierre-Henri’s wines are vinified sans soufre, and each barrel is tasted regularly throughout élevage. Small amounts of SO2 are added when needed to individual barrels. When possible, Rougeot keeps each barrel completely sans soufre and bottles it under the alternate diagonal stripe label, though these quantities are always very limited for the village and premier cru wines.
Each cuvée produced from Pierre-Henri’s hands, from Aligoté and Passetoutgrain through his prestigious premiers crus, is bottled as a single-vineyard designation. The wines are energetic, tasty, and wildly complex. It’s surprising that the domaine has maintained such an under-the-radar profile while producing such thought-provoking wines. We recommend getting in while you can.