Domaine Derain: 'Bourgogne Aligote'

Domaine Derain: 'Bourgogne Aligote'

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Now labeled at Domaine Derain, the wines are made by Julien Altaber of Sextant. Altaber was previously the assistant to Dominique Derain, the namesake of the estate and now former proprietor -- though active presence. Derain now travels through France making wines when and where he pleases (you can see his Banyuls Grenache cuvee 'D'rain D'rain' in our red section). He began his life as a cooper (someone who makes barrels), then settled in Saint-Aubin with 6 hectares of vines in 1989 working organically and biodynamically.

Altaber maintains the integrity and vision of the wines, and keeps his more experimental and negociant wines labeled as Sextant. He was born in Auvergne and has been involved in winemaking since the age of 16 where he quickly found his way to apprenticeship at Domaine Derain. Without a natural heir to his domaine, upon retirement Dominique was bought out by Julien. The rest is history.

Aligote is generally considered a support grape to the better know Chardonnay. It offers structure and acidity to Chardonnay's ripe, rich tendencies. However, if treated right and picked when ripe, Aligote has the potential to shine on its own, though few people do it justice the way Altaber does.  


Domaine Derain (Julien Altaber)




Saint-Aubin, Burgundy