Normally, we have imported the white version of Allez Goutons because that is the only one that has been made in the easy-drinking style adopted for this label. Luckily, we have been fortunate to secure some of the red version of the Allez Goutons again this year.
It is a fresh lively red wine made from the Pinot Noir grape variety with low alcohol (around 11%) and designed for early drinking.
Two thirds (roughly) of the grapes are partially destemmed and then macerated for a little over a week. The remaining one third is directly pressed to create a white wine which is then blended with the resulting red from the maceration. Fermentation is totally natural as with all the Derain wines and is carried out in fibreglass tanks.
This is yet another example of how a red wine can be made lighter and fresher by incorporating direct press juice which is much lower in tannins and other polyphenols than the macerated juice. We were delighted when it arrived in Australia fresh as a daisy and ready for immediate drinking. - Importer Note
Domaine 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 winemaking in Beaune. In 1988 he and his wife 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 non-interventionist way as well.
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.
This domaine has now been purchased by Julien Altaber and Carole Schwab of Domaine Sextant who will continue making the wines in the same style. Julien, of course, has been assisting Dominique in his cellars for over 10 years so knows each of the wines in detail.
The wines are certified biodynamic by Ecocert and have been certified since 1989.
- Importer Note
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