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Las nubes, 2018

By Dominique Derain

  • Appellation: Casablanca Valley
  • Region: Casablanca Valley
  • Country: Chile
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties:
  • Soil type: Clay, Granite
  • Vessel type: Other
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.
  • No added sulphites.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Total Sulphites: 0 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Alcohol: 11% Bottle size: 75cl Age of the vines: 7 years Uncertified wine. Suitable for Vegetarian. The grapes for Las Nubes were manually harvested at night to retain acidity, whereupon Dominique did a saignée of the grapes destemming 60% with the remainder whole bunches. Transferred to a cuve tronconique béton, the wine was macerated with skins overnight, whereupon 7hl of juice was drawn off. The wild ambient ferment proceeded in a cement egg, then free-run juice and the press juice were blended and transferred to 40-hectolitre stainless steel vat with adjustable lids, and containing an air chamber, where the wine subsequently spent a further three months ageing and completing its alcoholic fermentation. A delightful light red, closer to a mid-rosé in colour, with lifted primary red fruit on the nose and on the palate. With its delicate extraction, we are reminded of a really cracking Beaujolais, a kind of Pinot-primeur.

About Dominique Derain

Casablanca Valley, Chile

Dominique Derain is a well-known name of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Today he is retired, and he has passed his property to Julien Altaber and Carole Ruffenach. He still receives requests from many vineyard owners throughout the world to vinify wines for them.
He met Julio Donoso (chilean winemaker at “Montsecano” and photographer) who suggested Dominique to come out to Chile to vinify some of his wines there. As a result: one wine produced: “Las Nubes”, which reveals itself as a delicious and fruity wine !