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Domaine Derain | Le Ban 2018

Cote de Beaune, France

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 but it is a good idea to pour the wine into a carafe before drinking. 

Grapes:
Pinot Noir
Ferment: Wild
Fining/Filtration: No
Organic: Yes
Biodynamic: Yes
Sulphur: No

Grape Growing
The Le Ban is one of the best wines from the Derain vineyards! The 2010 reflected 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. The 2013 was a tough year but the wines that were produced from a smaller harvest were very good. Then again, 2015 was a great vintage! The vines here (which were planted in 1920) thrive on an east facing slope covered in limestone derived brown clay and gravel.

Wine Making
The grapes are handpicked and 90% are destemmed. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for up to 18 months. The wine is sulphur-free.

Notes from Living Wines (Importer).

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