Having always dreamed of being a winemaker Sylvain Pataille realized his ambition in 1999. He began in his childhood village of Marsannay-la-Cote with only 1 hectare. Today the estate has 14 hectares. Sylvain is a true rising star of the Cote de Nuits. In 2013 Patialle first experimented with releasing his Aligote Dore vineyards unblended, into four different cuvees. Becky Wasserman says about the Champ Forey: "Vineyard: 0.3 hectares of 55-year-old vines, soils with lots of small limestone rocks. Pure, delicate and briny nose. The attack is salty, the mid-palate is direct and linear, and the finish incredibly detailed and complex. A classic Aligoté Doré, with the limestone scree beautifully displaying the variety’s Chablis-like, oyster-shell saltiness."
Domaine Michel Lafarge is one of the most respected houses in Burgundy. This is his Aligote, a small-production white grape in the Burgundy region, grown on the bottom of the hills because of its ability to adapt to colder and wetter climates. Lafarge is proud of his Aligote and produces a beautiful bottling. "Raisins Dores", the "Golden Grapes", are from very old vines of Aligote Dore, a high-quality clone of the grape (contrasted with the vigourous but less complex Aligote Vert), which produces clusters of small, gold-tinged fuit. An enticing nose, light, crisp, notes of herbs.