Domaine Derain - 2020 Saint-Aubin Le Ban

2020 Saint-Aubin Le Ban

Variety
Pinot Noir
Region
Burgundy, France
Volume
750ml

The Le Ban is a reflection of the Domaine, making for one of the best wines in the stable. Always plenty of structure and gorgeous length, there’s all the picnic basket full of cherries and raspberries, acid rich core and a little nutmeg, cardamom and pepper hiding in there somehow. Slug it into a carafe, drink it down, call it a day. Domaine Derain is a prolific producer in Burgundy, who tends to vines in a number of different Burgundian appellations, biodynamically. Dominique Derain starte...Read More...

The Le Ban is a reflection of the Domaine, making for one of the best wines in the stable. Always plenty of structure and gorgeous length, there’s all the picnic basket full of cherries and raspberries, acid rich core and a little nutmeg, cardamom and pepper hiding in there somehow. Slug it into a carafe, drink it down, call it a day. 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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