Domaine Derain - 2020 Bourgogne Les Riaux

2020 Bourgogne Les Riaux

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Variety
Pinot Noir
Region
Burgundy, France
Volume
750ml

The Les Riaux for 2020 has a label that reflects the change in ownership from Dominique to Julien. This wine is utterly a Bourgogne red with the vines thriving on the Puligny-Montrachet plains quite close to the Domaine's Aligoté vines. The yields here are so low at only 30 hectolitres per hectare, so the fruit is undeniably pure, concentrated and rippling with redness. Domaine Derain is a prolific producer in Burgundy, who tends to vines in a number of different Burgundian appellations, bio...Read More...

The Les Riaux for 2020 has a label that reflects the change in ownership from Dominique to Julien. This wine is utterly a Bourgogne red with the vines thriving on the Puligny-Montrachet plains quite close to the Domaine's Aligoté vines. The yields here are so low at only 30 hectolitres per hectare, so the fruit is undeniably pure, concentrated and rippling with redness. Domaine Derain is a prolific producer in Burgundy, who tends to vines in a number of different Burgundian appellations, biodynamically. Dominique Derain started his career making wine barrels (a rare art) but decided, instead, to study winemaking in Beaune. In 1988 he and his wife Catherine purchased 5.5 hectares of vineyards in Saint-Aubin just south of Beaune and chose to start making wines as they saw the earth wanted to express them, rather than to the rules of the appellation. The Saint-Aubin appellation is one of the hidden secrets of Burgundy because the vineyards border those of the premier crus of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet but do not command anywhere near their price, and to have such a unique expression of the terroir, is something else entirely. Dominique has since retired but his longtime assistant Julien Altaber and his partner, Carole Schwab, bought the domaine and now run it, alongside their own label, Sextant. A generational change but with the mentorship of Dominique still present, Julien and Carole have the Domaine in safe hands. 

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