Domaine Derain: 'Landré'

Domaine Derain: 'Landré'

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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.  

"When you pour a glass of this lovely Chardonnay you will first notice the golden colour with hues of green. But don’t spend too long admiring the colour as it is the mouth-enveloping flavour that will really impress you.

The weight of the wine is not too heavy and there is a lovely streak of acidity which is noticeable but not too dominant. The soil also speaks to you in the glass with pronounced minerality and even saltiness similar to that we find in, say, les Saulniers from Domaine Cadette.

Landré is a newish parcel (lieu dit) of Bourgogne Blanc for the domaine named after the former owner of the plot. At only 0.3 of a hectare, it is adjacent to their Le Riaux Pinot Noir plot. At this size there will never be very much of this wine, but the site ensures that the wine will always be of high quality due to the soils here." - Living Wines


Domaine Derain (Julien Altaber)




Saint-Aubin, Burgundy