Domaine Derain

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 wine making 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.

The wines are certified biodynamic by Ecocert.

Domaine Derain Bourgogne Les Riaux Rouge 2011

The Les Riaux is a stunning entry level Bourgogne red with the vines thriving on the Puligny-Montrachet plains quite close to the Aligoté vines. The grapes are harvested from a the Les Riaux vineyard which is close to the village of St Aubin which lies just south of the central city of Beaune.

The yields here are painfully low at only 30 hectolitres per hectare so expect this red to have good fruit flavours and good structure. It also has a bright and cheerful new label this year!

And by the way, the vineyard is tiny at less than half a hectare!

RRP: SOLD OUT

Domaine Derain St-Aubin Le Ban Rouge 2010

The new vintage from the Derain vineyard! The 2010 reflects the vintage which was not as hot as 2009 but which encouraged slow but steady growth in the vineyard leading to wines with good structure and length.

This wine shows jsut how good wines can be from the underrated appellation of St Aubin.

The vines here thrive on an east facing slope covered in limestone derived clay and gravel.

This is a lovely wine with an appealing cherry and strawberry fruit flavour, a core of acidity, great freshness, an underlying spiciness and perfect balance. Great drinking now.

RRP: $55 for 750ml and $164 for Magnum

Domaine Derain Mercurey La Plante Chassey Rouge 2008

This is an interesting cuvee because it has a small amount of Pinot Beurot (Malvoisie, Pinot Gris) blended with the dominant Pinot Noir. (Incidentally, Pinot Liebault is also permitted in this appellation). La Plante Chassey is a south-east slope with clay soil. The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand and the wine is fermented in wooden vats before being transferred to old wooden barrels for 18 months. The wine is not fined or filtered before bottling.

When you taste this wine you will discern notes of cherries raspberries and citrus peel and some herbaciousness. You will also notice the length of the finish. This wine has a lovely silkiness and earthiness about it that we find very appealing.

RRP: $61

Domaine Derain Mercurey La Plante Chassey Rouge 2011

This is an interesting cuvee because it has a small amount of Pinot Beurot (Malvoisie, Pinot Gris) blended with the dominant Pinot Noir. (Incidentally, Pinot Liébault is also permitted in this appellation). La Plante Chassey is a south-east slope with clay soil. The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand and the wine is fermented in wooden vats before being transferred to old wooden barrels for 18 months. The wine is not fined or filtered before bottling.

RRP: $63

Domaine Derain Mercurey La Plante Chassey Rouge 2012

This is an interesting cuvee because it has a small amount of Pinot Beurot (Malvoisie, Pinot Gris) blended with the dominant Pinot Noir. (Incidentally, Pinot Liébault is also permitted in this appellation). La Plante Chassey is a south-east slope with clay soil. The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand and the wine is fermented in wooden vats before being transferred to old wooden barrels for 18 months. The wine is not fined or filtered before bottling.

Note that there are only small quantities of this vintage available due to the poor growing season. The price also reflects the dramatically plunging Australian dollar.

RRP: $96

Domaine Derain Pommard Les Petits Noizons Rouge 2010

There is lots of limestone here because it is quite close to one of our favourite villages in Burgundy, namely Pommard! Lovely, strong, structured deep-red wine showing all the complexity and elegance you would expect from a Pommard!

RRP: $85

Domaine Derain Pommard Les Petits Noizons Rouge 2011

There is lots of limestone here because it is quite close to one of our favourite villages in Burgundy, namely Pommard! Lovely, strong, structured deep-red wine showing all the complexity and elegance you would expect from a Pommard!

RRP: $85

Domaine Derain Gevrey-Chambertin En Vosne Rouge 2011

The vines here are nearly 90 years old! Therefore there is structure and depth of flavour coming from them. This is a superb wine of considerable complexity and great elegance.  At a number of recent tastings this has been a stand out wine that has charmed all who have tried it. It is a beautiful Burgundy at a very reasonable price for a Gevrey Chambertin.

RRP: $89 for 750 mls Note: A small number of magnums also available.

Domaine Derain Gevrey-Chambertin En Vosne Rouge 2012

The vines here are nearly 90 years old! Therefore there is structure and depth of flavour coming from them. This is a superb wine of considerable complexity and great elegance.  At a number of recent tastings this has been a stand out wine that has charmed all who have tried it. It is a beautiful Burgundy at a very reasonable price for a Gevrey Chambertin.

Note that there are only small quantities of this vintage available due to the poor growing season. The price also reflects the dramatically plunging Australian dollar.

RRP: $137

RRP: Domaine Derain Bourgogne Aligoté 2009

Aligoté is a particular favourite of ours. We love wines made from this grape that is beloved by Burgundians - many of whom consume it daily. The wines range from the rustic to the ethereal. It is unfiltered so the wine can be cloudy in the glass. It is fermented with native yeasts so it is alive and vibrant and completely compelling.

The very old vines for this wine are on the Puligny-Montrachet plains. A lovely wine for summer drinking.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Domaine Derain Bourgogne La Combe Blanc 2012

For this year there is a radical new label on the La Combe, with a number of almost impenetrable in-jokes about Derain and his wines. Don't worry about the fact that this is a 'simple' Bourgogne wine. The vines from which this wine is made have an excellent pedigree.

The vines for this lovely Chardonnay are located close to the village of Puligny-Montrachet where there is deep brown soil. The yield is only 35 hectolitres per hectare and this means the fruit is packed with flavour and the wine reflects this. La Combe is a tiny plot being less than one third of a hectare.

This is a wine for contemplating. It opens up slowly in the glass, but then reveals an array of flavours and aromas that are truly compelling. This is a lovely, expressive Chardonnay.

RRP: $68

Domaine Derain St-Aubin Premier Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien BLANC 2013

This is a new wine for Dominique Derain - adding to the list of Premier Cru St Aubin wines that he makes. This one os a site-specific Premier Cru from the Les Murgers des Dents de Chien lieu dit which lies betwen 320 and 370 metres above sea level and overlooks the vineyards of Chevalier Montrachet and Le Montrachet and borders the Le Champ Gain lieu dit which is one of the Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru sites. The name is made up from two aspects of this vineyard. Murgers are small walls built from the rocks that were removed from the site to plant the vines. And Dents de Chien translates as dog's teeth which refers to the white (calcareous) triangular rocks found in the vineyard. This beautiful wine is 100% Chardonnay.

RRP: $126

Domain Derain St-Aubin 1er Cru "En Remilly" 2011

This delicious premier cru Chardonnay is made from vines in the En Remilly lieu dit which lies on the rocky, 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 - however it is also drinking nicely now.

RRP: $77

Domaine Derain St-Aubin En Vesvau Blanc 2011

This delicious Chardonnay is made from vines in the En Vesvau lieu dit which lies on the rocky, sunny slopes of Montrachet. The terroir here is perfect for the production of flavoursome white wines for which the area is rightly famous.

The yield is relatively low at 38 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes are picked by hand and placed carefully in small boxes to avoid crushing the fruit. After crushing the juice is left to ferment using the complex natural yeasts that collect on the fruit.

The wine is both powerful and elegant making it perfect for aging - however it is also drinking very nicely now.

RRP:  $164 (MAGNUM)