Totally authentic, totally minimalist, totally biodynamic. Catherine & Dominique Derain are vignerons with passion and vitality encouraged by the ebbs and flows of the moon!
Catherine & Dominique Derain are biodynamic producers in Burgundy with vines in a number of different Burgundian appellations. Dominique Derain started his career making wine barrels but decided, instead, to study wine making in Beaune where he met Catherine, his wife. In 1988 he and Catherine purchased 5.5 hectares of vineyards in Saint Aubin just south of Beaune and began tending the vines biodynamically and making their wines in a very non-interventionist way.
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. The estate is situated in the center of the village in the old presbytery. The Derain’s wines are certified organic by Ecocert. Low yields, old vines, hand harvested, low intervention methods, low sulfites, choice property representing extremely high quality – price ratio wines!
Red grapes are 90% de-stemmed then crushed, no sulfites are added. The grapes are fermented in wooden vats with punching down and pump over for between 7 and 21 days. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for 12 and 18 months and racked before bottling.
Domaine Derain, Bourgogne Blanc, La Combe Vines situated in the Village of Puligny-Montrachet, in deep brown and clay soil, this low yielding (35 hl / ha) vineyard produces fruity, rich and fleshy Chardonnay.
Domaine Derain, St Aubin 1er Cru, En Remilly 2009 : En Remilly is an exceptionally luminous, pebbe-strewn vineyard at the top of a cool, sunny slopes of Montrachet. The yield is relatively low at 38 hectolitres per hectare. The wine is both powerful and elegant making it perfect for aging. It also taste great now!
Domaine Derain, Mercurey, La Plante Chassey 2009 : Old vine in the Village of Mercurey, south-east exposed, at the Bottom of the slopes, steep with fine clay. A small percentage of Pinot Beurrot (former Burgundy grape variety) Makes the distinctive feature of this plot providing fruit and fineness with a delicate color to this wine. Yield of 36 hl / ha.
Domaine Derain, Pommard, Les Petits Noizons 2009 : Half are young and old vine limestome rock covered with a light red topsoil. The exhibition is south facing in the village of Pommard. The wine possesses finesse and a darker than usual red color for this appellation. Yield 38 hl / ha.
Domaine Derain, Gevrey-Chambertin, En Vosne 2009 : 85 year old vines, this vineyard has reached the “Edge of Reason.” Its and deep clay soil Bring us a good structure to vinify. A yield of 35 ha / hl Gives a delicate Gevrey, rich in aromas, and persist in fleshy mouth.