FANAGORIA ALIGOTE 2009
A spectacular rarity from Russia - unmissable, crisply refreshing white from a cutting-edge winery
Talk of hidden gems and they don't come further off the beaten track than this fabulous find. Keep them guessing then just look at the expression on your friends' faces when you tell them they're drinking Russian wine, not a £10+ French classic!
It was crafted with the Aligoté grape, a rarity in its native home of Burgundy, but a hardy sort that can withstand the cold of the Russian winter. Today's superior, tongue-tingling example was crafted on the shores of the Black Sea at the Fanagoria winery.
Leading wine critic Jancis Robinson MW visited this rising star winery to see what all the fuss was about. She tried their Aligoté 2008 vintage and wrote: "Reminds me of a punchy Pinot Blanc - much fruitier than most Burgundian examples!"
"The 2009 vintage is even better!" assured John Worontschack, their chief consultant winemaker, when we first tried it. He wasn't wrong. Try this one-off discovery now!
Is this really Russia..?
Close your eyes, taste, and you are drinking a very pleasant Burgundy white. Dry, crisp with citrus fruit and even a little subtlety ! I find this an excellent compliment to seafood, fish, and sushi dishes. I will be re-ordering this again and again - until the rest of you find out..!