Domaine Derain, Bourgogne Aligoté


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Domaine Derain Bourgogne Aligoté 2019 has very Jura-esque, smoky and flinty nose, think Savagnin from the best Jura producers. Elegant and floral with a super light touch of controlled oxydative notes which adds depth and complexity. Super vibrancy and freshness on the palate, yellow fruits, citrus and flowery notes. The ending is long, balanced and zippy. Tasted April 2021

Aligoté is a particular favourite grape of ours. We love wines made from this grape that is beloved by Burgundians – many of whom consume it daily. The wines range from the rustic to the ethereal. It is unfiltered so the wine can be cloudy in the glass. It is fermented with native yeasts, so it is alive and vibrant and completely compelling. The very old vines for this wine are on the Puligny-Montrachet plains. A lovely wine for summer drinking.

Biodynamic, Natural

Dominique Derain is a pioneer of Biodynamic and Natural wine in Burgundy. Born in 1955, he originally trained and worked as a cooper (barrel maker) for 5 years. In 1988 he purchased a 5.5-ha estate in Saint-Aubin, he obtained organic certification the following year, followed by Demeter cert. In 1997, he left Demeter when the membership fees doubled. He no longer displays any certifications on his bottle labels.

Dominique definitely adopt a minimalist approach. He farms biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur.

All the fruit is hand-picked, destem 90% (red grapes) before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. SO2 is never added during the winemaking process, only a small amount at bottling for stabilization.

From this vintage we see Dominique handing over the reins to his long time employee, young rising star Julien Altaber, and Julien’s talent can be seen in the quality of the wine. The wine is still sold under the Derain banner, as Dominique is still very involved in all stages, from harvest to winemaking, sales and of course, degustation.