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Aligoté is an ancient white grape, a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc, which appeared in the late 18th century in Burgundy. It is an early ripening grape that is prone to fungal disease, with varying yields depending on the terroir, Aligoté is grown mainly on the Côte d'Or and at Chablis in Burgundy, where it is also used for making famous Kir, a cocktail with addition of a small amount of crème de cassis. The best examples of the grape are the wines of the regional Bourgogne Aligoté appellation, and particularly in Bouzeron, in the northern Côte Chalonnaise. Aligoté also has a significant role in the sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne wines. In Switzerland, it is mainly grown around Geneva, where it produces wines with refreshing natural acidity and also to be found in Eastern European Countries like Bulgaria and Romania.

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