Dominique Derain - I've said it before and I'll say it again, this guy is definitely "The Rockstar of Burgundy"..
This is a chardonnay made in Saint Aubin but he's done it in a jura barrel not topped up completely so it develops under a layer of yeast known as the "voile", veil in english..
Nutty, petrolly, oxidative, nuts toffee but with enough acid, apples and citrus fruit to balance it out. During my visit to burgundy I tasted a load of white wines, all chardonnays, you can imagine the surprise i got when Dom Derain cracked this experimental bottle open! Remarkable wine, amongst his amazing 1er cru saint aubins which are a little more classical in style..
I love producers like Derain, pushing the boundaries, breaking the rules, making wines for the love of doing it! Dom could have retired some time ago but he told us that he "just loves sharing his passion with interested people like us and can't take himself away from the wine world just yet"..
Crazy wines from the coolest dude in Burgundy.
Bomb !! One of the most exciting Pinot Noir from Bourgogne I drank recently ! Seriously. "La Fleur au Verre" 2016 by Julien Altaber, Domaine Sextant has everything I want from a Pinot Noir : a bright and deep nose, a bowl of smashed strawberries, dried rose, some green fresh notes of herb and roots, plus a little something "wild/living", not that much, just enough to bring complexity. The juice on palate is delightful, easy-going but not weak with a superb acidity. Honestly, you may think I'm a fool but it feels like a little Prieuré-Roch to me, I feel the same energy, purity of fruit, and life in it. But be careful, it is still reductive at opening, it needs a bit of oxygen and it's best after few hours of opening, so if you only tried it at opening you NEED to give it another try with 12 hours opening, it's another world once the first "barn" aromas disappear (but somes like it raw !), to me when you catch it at the right moment it reaches the level of many of the greatest naturally made and true Pinot Noir. Seriously. Especially for this price !
"La Fleur au Verre" Chardonnay 2016 is quite delicious too !