Sextant (Julien Altaber): 'La Fleur au Verre Rouge'

Sextant (Julien Altaber): 'La Fleur au Verre Rouge'

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"Julien Altaber was born a farmer. He grew up in Auvergne and spent all his free time around cows and tractors. When he was 16 participated in his first wine harvest and fell in love. He interned in Mâconnais and Beaujolais wineries until finally settling in with Catherine and Dominique Derain where he learned about organic and biodynamic winemaking. In 2007, Julien purchased grapes with the support and equipment of the Derain's and began Domaine Sextant. Today, he has a winery and cellar in St. Aubin, as well as half a hectare of his own vines. In addition, he continues making wine for Domaine Derain with his consistent, natural, and forward-thinking style." - Steven Graf Imports

The fermentation starts quickly with the help of white wine. The vatting is very short (4-5 days) and the fermentation ends in barrel. This cuvee name and the wine align perfect. It feels like a Altaber specific touch that his Pinots always carry a lifted floral note. Nothing that will hit you over the head and remind you for potpourri, but a subtle rose-y undertone that pulls you in and makes you want more. The florals perfectly align with a driven minerality and freshness that is underpinned by fresh acidity. 


Sextant (Julien Altaber)


Pinot Noir


Saint Aubin, Burgundy