Domaine Sextant – Julien Altaber Vin de France Po à Po 2018
'We love the fact that Julien is quite restless and is always searching for new challenges. It was therefore inevitable that he would make a skin contact wine using white grapes to produce an orange wine as they are known.
The wine is made from the wonderful Aligoté grape variety from a four hectare plot in the Cote Challonaisse. The grapes (50% destemmed and 50% whole bunches) were crushed and then, instead of the juice being run off, it was left in contact with the skins for an nine day period allowing the anthocyanins and other polyphenols in the skins and pips to leach into the juice. The presence of the anthocyanins from the skins turns the wine a light orange colour and some of the other polyphenols extracted during the maceration give the wine a lovely rounded mouth feel.
Because the fermentation moved quickly in 2018, Julien pressed the grapes after 9 days because he wanted some sugar left.
This is a very complex wine that is only available in tiny quantities, but we have been lucky enough to obtain a few cases for the Australian market.'
- Living Wines