Julien Altaber has worked in Saint Aubin for a number of years, making wine in small amounts, but his main focus for a long time was working for the fierce Dominique Derain. You can taste how curioius, thoughtful and intuitive Julien tends to be, in these provocative wines under the Sextant label. Pure, entrancing and soft to touch, they are quite hypnotic. Julien and Carole Schwab have now bought the Domaine Derain business in addition to their commitments to the Sextant domaine and will be making the Derain wines from now on, which gives us much to look forward to from both sides of the release.
"We were delighted when this wine arrived in Australia because it had not suffered from the journey at all. The first bottle of this 100% Chardonnay was alive and vibrant. The taste lingered on the tongue and the length was very pleasing. Although it is labelled as a humble Bourgogne Blanc, the vineyards that Julien maintains around Saint Aubin and in the Cote Chalonnaise (near the village of Montbellet, are on very good terroir, similar to the nearby Puligny Montrachet where outstanding white wines are produced. We look forward to the evolution of this wine. Lou Amdur from Lou Wine Shop in Los Angeles put this wine in a tasting recently because, as he said: nothing fancy pants or extortionate, just beautifully grown, traditional wines from the heartland of chardonnay." – Importer notes