Will Arnold 'Blanc d'Or' Aligoté 2022

Will Arnold 'Blanc d'Or' Aligoté 2022

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Will Arnold – the son of John Arnold who’s behind the brilliant UK merchant A&B Vintners – is using skills acquired over the past decade, as well as a palate honed on his father’s well-chosen imports, to make wines from diverse terroirs stretching from Beaujolais to the southern Rhône.

Will learned his craft in the vineyards and cellars of some big names, including Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey in Burgundy, Tamra Kelly-Washington in New Zealand, Doug Tunnell of Oregon’s Brick House, as well as Jean-Louis Chave in Hermitage. 

Taking a pragmatic, low-interventionist approach, Will fashions precise and immediately attractive wines from Gamay, Syrah, Aligoté, Marsanne, and Viognier. In 2022, these include a whole-bunch fermented Syrah from a 25-year-old vineyard tucked high up in the hills of the Ardèche; an Aligoté from two exposed parcels of 40-year-old wines in the Rhône village of Échalas; and a Gamay from pierre bleue soils around Bully in southern Beaujolais.

It is a rare joy these days to taste a delicious (and not to mention sensibly priced) new wine from a young vigneron who clearly understands what they’re doing. Rarer still when the entire range leaves us grinning. 

A neat, well-defined, and pretty Aligoté. Citrus and floral, with a touch of nutty richness and salivating bitters on the finish. Nicely rounded.

Wine Details

Type White
Country France
Region Burgundy
Producer Will Arnold
Vintage 2022
Grape Varieties Aligoté
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 75.0cl