Sextant is the project of Julien Altaber, a negociant winemaker based
in St Aubin, Burgundy. For him the cellar is seen as a place to
experiment and create, rather than making terroir-based wines with big
Every year Julien Altaber seems to find new things to invent, depending
upon the grapes that his friends have to sell him.
This year (2019) he has again made a cuvée which is macerated
Chardonnay (80%) for around ten days (it was Viognier last year) with
some (20%) direct press Gamay (so the juice from the Gamay is clear
juice, not red).
The grapes are grown in calcareous clay soils. The wine is stored in
fibreglass tanks for around 5 months to settle.
A brilliant example of skin contact wine that is fresh, vibrant and has
bags of personality.