|Grape/Varietal : Gamay||Color : Red|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Bourgogne, St. Aubin||ABV : 11%|
|Vintage : 2018||Natural Factor: Organic|
Established in Saint-Aubin, Burgundy by Dominique and Catherine Derain, the two were early pioneers of organic, low-intervention wines in Burgundy. Biocert certified organic since 1989, they have been farming 5.5 hectares on their own and producing Aligoté, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their vineyards in Saint-Aubin, along with plots in Mercurey and Gevrey-Chambertin.
For over ten years Dominique and Catherine have been assisted by winemaker Julien Altaber (above) and his partner Carole Schwab. While working under Dominique they started their own label called Sextant, making a range of slightly more adventurous wines from organic growers throughout Burgundy. After eight years at Derain, they purchased the estate from Dominique and Catherine and have been running it since. Dominique is still very present in the cellar, but you will see the names Julien and Carole on all of the wines. FYI the distinction with the labels is the Domaine is estate-grown and Sextant is from organic growers (négoce).
To make Sextant Métisse, two thirds of the clusters are destemmed and macerated for ten days, a third of the grapes are pressed directly. Alcoholic fermentation takes place with native yeasts in fibre vats where the resulting wine ages for six months before being bottled.
Julien Altaber called this wine Métisse (half and half) because the first vintage was a mixture of red and white grapes, and it is worth saying that it was a successful start. The composition can vary each vintage and sometimes they add a minimum percentage of some of the white varieties that Julien cultivates, like Chardonnay or Aligoté, and other vintages are made exclusively with the Gamay red variety.
Made from 100% Gamay, Sextant Métisse 2018 is a fruity and juicy red wine with cherry and strawberry notes accompanied by aromas of undergrowth and mushrooms. On the palate it is light and fresh, reaffirming the presence of red fruits, with a bright and delicious mid-palate.
Pairs Well With:
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