Domaine Derain: 'Les Combes au Sud Blanc'

Domaine Derain: 'Les Combes au Sud Blanc'

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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. 

"This is the first Chardonnay that Julien Altaber made at Domain Derain and it's been in the cellar for 3 years. The terroir at Les Combes is characterized by a thick layer of red clay (similar to the ground at Manganite, chez Julien Guillot), which according to Altaber gives the wines a particular richness and a ferrous acidity. In hot years like 2018, it's almost too much. In 2017, with a relatively cold winter, Julien got it just right. A perfect wine to pull when you need to red-pill your right-wing sommelier friends." - Josh Eubank (the importer)

Producer

Domaine Derain (Julien Altaber)

Grape(s)

Chardonnay

Region

Saint-Aubin, Burgundy

Country

France

Vintage

2017