Aligoté is a grape grown in Burgundy but it’s overshadowed by its more glamourous sister — the ubiquitous Chardonnay. The only winery in Canada that grows Aligoté to my knowledge is Château des Charmes in Niagara. And what a great job they do with it year after year! Their 2017 vintage is pale straw in colour with minerally, lemon and apple flavours. Light-bodied and dry, it’s fresh and lively on the palate, reminiscent of a Chablis with a green pear finish.