Domaine Derain Saint Aubin Le Ban 2014 Magnum
Manufacturer: Dominique Derain
🍾 Saint Aubin Le Ban Magnum
🖼️ Saint Aubin, Burgundy, France
🏡 Dominique Derain
🍇 Pinot Noir 100%
🍷 Red Wine
🛁 The grapes come from 1920s vines on gravelly soil, 10% of the mass is not destemmed, fermented in wooden vats, and always aged in wood for up to one and a half years
👃🏻 Rose and violet, berries and bramble fruit, very mineral with a delicate spice
👅 Medium-bodied but very persistent, fresh and savoury, elegant and long, harmonious tannin and lots of tone
👍🏻 Serving temperature 18°-20°.
💕 Beef Burgundy style
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Saint Aubin (France) Dominique Derain is a big shot of the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. He arrived as a cooper in 1988, is now retired, and is considered a true guru of Burgundy. His consultations are in demand and expensive.
At the end of the 1980s, he bought the estate near Saint-Aubin; his idea of viticulture has always been biodynamic. Today he has passed his property on to Julien Altaber and Carole Schwab, while continuing to participate in vineyard and winery operations.
Dominique's wines are oxymorons in the bottle, coexisting with elegance and that sense of rusticity so dear to the wines of this area.
They are subtle, slender, ethereal and delicate, often difficult to grasp in all their grandeur by those 'taking their first steps' with Pinot Noir.
Great wines, however, can be recognized by one thing: the bottle you just uncorked is already magically finished and you immediately begin to feel nostalgic for it.
Derain is one of the pioneers of quality European-style winemaking in Chile where he opened the eponymous winery, in Casablanca Valley, but this is another story