Alain Dejean’s wines from Domaine Rousset Peyraguey are made using biodynamic methods and are aged for a long period of time. They have incredible depth, freshness and complexity, and can easily compete with the greatest wines of the appellation.
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It’s not every day you get the chance to find biodynamic Sauternes with no additives at all – Alain Dejean is quite a rebel here. Born and raised at the Domaine, which has been in his mother’s family for 7 generations, he started to work with his parents in 1995. In 1998 he expanded the Domaine from 6.5 hectares to 10.3 hectares. They have in total 58 parcels, spread out on 3 different types of geologic soils. One is just next to their winery (close to famous guys such as Chateau d ’Yquem), one is the Barsac and one just outside Fargues. All parcels can be reached within 20 minutes with a tractor though, so no far distances. The region covers 2000 hectares, spread out on 160 producers. Alain chose in 2008 to skip the AOC Sauternes and has since then been doing ‘’ Vin de France’’. He didn’t want to adjust his wines in the way the INAO (Institut national de l’ origine et de la qualite) demands to get the AOC (Appellation d’ Origine Controle), which would mean to make filtration, use of sulfur and other additives. Alain ages his wines in cellars with no temperature control. He neither touches the wines during fermentation and aging in the barrels, except one racking after one year, nor does he top up the barrels. The wines are rich, complex, sweet with lively balanced acidity and fresh finish.