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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find for the Quintessential Kir

The award-winning Bourgogne Aligoté from the house of Les Orfèvres du Vin. Photo courtesy Les Orfèvres du Vin. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — Fortunately some things never go out of style and the Kir is one of them. The famous before lunch or dinner French cocktail is a joyful combination of ice cold white wine and a fruity liquor, traditionally cassis which is blackcurrant but blackberry liqueur is a fine option and here at the Gourmet Gazette we like violet liqueur. But the quintessential wine that Kirs are made with is the refreshing Bourgone Aligoté. The wine that Felix Kir, the mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, used in the Kirs he served at official receptions in the 1960s although the libation had been a popular regional drink since the middle of the 19th century when it was called blanc-cassis. Mayor Kir was also a Canon of the Roman Catholic church. Today The Gourmet Gazette brings to you an award-winning Bourgogne Aligoté from the house of the Orfèvres du Vin, which means Goldsmiths of Wine. Its Bourgogne Aligoté 2019 received the gold medal at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Wine Challenge 2020 no doubt for its fresh and slightly fruity taste and beautiful pale gold color.The wine on its own is a perfect pair for typical Burgundian fare like snails in plenty of butter and garlic, small fried fish and the classic jambon persillé, essentially ham in parsley aspic.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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