Dominique Derain was a barrel maker who decided to start making wine, while studying winemaking in Beaune he met his wife Catherine. In ’88 they purchased 5.5-hectares of vines in Saint Aubin and began making wine. Their first vintage was in ’89 and the rest, as they say, is biodynamic winemaking history.

Total Production: 1700 cases
Certification: Certified Biodynamic (Ecocert)
Certification: Practicing Organic


Mercurey “La Plante Chassey” (Red):— Back to the top

Mercurey “La Plante Chassey” tech sheet

Age of Vines: 45 to 80 years

Yields: Nearly a hectare of vines, producing 300 cases on average

Pruning Method: N/A

Soil: Clay

Varietals: Old Vines Pinot Noir and a tiny bit of Pinot Beurot

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before being pressed. The wine is fermented in wooden vats and rests in old oak for up to 18 months before it is bottled without filtration. Despite Dominique’s background as a barrel maker, he never uses new wood on his wines.

Tasting Note: Garnet in the glass with a pinkish rim. The wine is loaded with cherry pit, orange peel and wild herbs. The palate delivers zesty red berry fruit, orange pulp and carries mineral infused herbaceous along to tan elegant lingering finish. This is a powerful and rustic Mercurey.

Pairing: Works well with roasts, spicy sausages, pork loin, veal chops, leg of lamb and pan seared duck breast.


Saint-Aubin “Le Ban”: — Back to the top

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Saint-Aubin “Le Ban” tech sheet

Age of Vines: 45 to 80 years

Yields: average yield of 36 hl/ha

Soil: Lime-clay substract with brown gravel soil

Varietals: Pinot Noir

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before being pressed. The wine is fermented in wooden vats and rests in old oak for up to 18 months before it is bottled without filtration. Despite Dominique’s background as a barrel maker, he never uses new wood on his wines.

Tasting Note: Well ripened, fruits aromas with spicy note and pleasant tannins.


Gevrey Chambertin “En Vosne” — Back to the top

Gevrey Chambertin “En Vosne” tech sheet

Age of Vines: 85 years old

Yields: Averages of 35 hl/ha

Soil: Clay

Varietals: Pinot Noir

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before being pressed. The wine is fermented in wooden vats and rests in old oak for up to 18 months before it is bottled without filtration. Despite Dominique’s background as a barrel maker, he never uses new wood on his wines.

Tasting Note: Delicate, rich in aromas and long finish.