Remoissenet Père et Fils

Beaune | Côte de Beaune | Burgundy

Remoissenet Burgundy North Berkeley ImportsRemoissenet Père et Fils is a reference point for refined Burgundy wines. This ancient estate, connected by mortar and stone to the medieval walls of Beaune, is for serious collectors linked by vine and bottle to Burgundy’s hallowed past and its exciting future.

Wandering through the 150-year-old estate’s hand-carved cellars is to travel back in time, each cool bottle telling a story of vintages past, wars won, anniversaries celebrated. Yet among these bottled memories are barrels of stories to come: older vines tended according to biodynamic methods, unique terroirs selected with the utmost care and in micro-quantities.

In 2005, Remoissenet started the next chapter in its generations-long history. With new owners and renewed leadership under Pierre-Antoine Rovani (formerly of the Wine Advocate) and Bernard Repolt (Maison Louis Jadot), the estate is bringing more vineyards under its own roof and importantly, raising the qualitative bar for itself and its vine-growing partners across the board.

The proof, of course, is in each bottle. Whether “basic” Bourgogne to hallowed grand cru, Remoissenet wines show a suave elegance in perfume and texture, with a finish made of silk.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

The team at Remoissenet wears two hats: one, as a high-quality, small-batch négociant, cultivating close relationships with vine-growers up and down the Côte; and two, as a vine-growing estate, with select vineyards, the majority of which are located in Beaune and Gevrey-Chambertin, cared for according to biodynamic principles.

The estate works with its vine-growers in a fashion not usual for France: grapes are purchased not by quantity but by quality, with bonuses offered if quality is exceptional. This ensures that Remoissenet gets the finest grapes, regardless of vintage. At harvest, three sorting tables are used (not to mention hundreds of hands) to ensure only the most pristine fruit makes its way into the cellar.

Winemaking is philosophically non-interventionist, with winemaker Claudie Jobard preferring to “let the grapes speak” as clearly as possible. Reds are fermented on indigenous yeasts in open-top fermenters and aged in larger French oak barrels (350L). The percentage of new French oak barrels depends on the cru and the vintage, with up to 30 percent new wood for villages wines; from 30 to 70 percent for premier crus; and from 70 to 100 percent for grand cru wines. Reds are neither fined nor filtered.

Whites are pressed gently in a pneumatic press and fermented on indigenous yeasts. Barrel aging, depending on vintage and cru, ranges from 30 percent new wood for villages wines to 100 percent for grand cru wines.

WHITE WINES

Bourgogne Blanc

Full-flavored yet light on its feet, this stunning Chardonnay punches way above its weight every vintage. A bit of fruit sourced from Chablis’ chalky hills, a touch of declassified fruit from villages-level vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet.

 

 

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Beaune Blanc 'Montagne Saint-Désiré'

How not to fall in love with a wine “blessed” by the saint of desire? Perched at the summit of the “mountain” of Saint-Désiré,’ this south/southeast facing vineyard is perfect for Burgundian Chardonnay — rocky soils and full sun result in a wine both plush and refined.

 

 

Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc

Chassagne’s noble terroir blend of marl and clay delivers white Burgundy with a supple texture and delicate aromas. Fruit is selected from a collection of villages-level plots within the commune.

 

 

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Puligny-Montrachet

A pitch-perfect symphony of Puligny’s noble herbs and bright lemony fruit. Selected (purchased) fruit from a single-vineyard source that borders premier cru vineyards at the border of Puligny and Meursault.

 

 

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Chablis 1er Cru 'Fourchaume'

Southwest facing, ‘Fourchaume’ is one of the fuller-bodied and more expressive premier cru wines in Chablis.

 

 

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Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru 'Aux Gravains'

The premier cru vineyard ‘Aux Gravains’ is located between vineyards ‘Lavières’ and ‘Serpentières.’ It faces south; soils are deep, a mix of scree and alluvial material with larger stones (in French, graviers). Aromas of yellow apples, apple blossoms, light hazelnut.

 

 

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Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru ‘Les Castets’

Just outside the village of Saint-Aubin, ‘Castets’ dominates a steep slope and faces east/southeast.

 

 

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Macherelles'

On the Puligny side of the village, closer to grand cru Montrachet; ‘Macherelles’ has iron-rich soils, with the “mother rock” of Burgundian limestone not far from the surface. Good mineral expression; full, lively aromas.

 

 

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Meursault 1er Cru 'Goutte d'Or'

The name says it all: this “drops of gold” vineyard delivers the soul of Meursault—deep golden color, plush texture, rich flavors. True: this was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite Meursault.

 

 

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Combettes’

At the border with Meursault, ‘Combettes’ faces southeast; a little bit of Meursault nutty flavors and plush texture, and a whole mouthful of sunny citrus and white fruit flavors.

 

 

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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
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Le Montrachet Grand Cru

Estate-owned vines, ranging from 40 to 70 years old, sit on the Chassagne side of this grand cru plot, next to the vines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

 

RED WINES

Bourgogne Rouge

Fruit from various villages-level vineyards (declassified) primarily in Pommard and Volnay. What a gorgeous Bourgogne! Aromas of red summer berry fruit, red currant, baking spices. Tangy, refined, with suave tannins; flavors of pomegranate jam, red cherries, spice box.

 

 

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Pommard

A pitch-perfect example of Pommard’s iron-rich character, suave tannins and ruby-red fruit.

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin

Estate-owned vines from more than a half-dozen villages-level plots, including two, ‘Aux Etelois’ and ‘Champs Chenys,’ which border grand cru Charmes-Chambertin.

 

 

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Vosne-Romanée

Estate-owned vines, cared for biodynamically, hail from two villages-level plots, ‘Les Jacquines’ and ‘Au Dessus de la Riviere,’ which sit south of the village, into Nuits-Saint-Georges territory.

 

 

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Beaune 1er Cru 'Grèves'

Estate-owned vines sit in the heart of Beaune’s premier cru slope; east-facing, the vineyard has sandy, light soils with lots of stones, contributing to the wine’s silky texture and aromatic definition.

 

 

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Beaune 1er Cru 'Marconnets'

‘Marconnets’ sits on the far northern side of Beaune, near Savigny. A bit more darker fruit, wonderfully suave tannins.

 

 

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Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Damodes'

This vineyard’s proximity to Vosne results in a wine with all of Nuits’ grip plus Vosne suave tannins and floral aromas. The Remoissenet team farms the plot biodynamically.

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Poissenot'

Estate-owned vines total just under one-half acre in ‘Poissenot,’ high up on the slope at the forest line above ‘Lavaux Saint-Jacques.’

 

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Cazetiers’

Estate-owned vines total less than one acre in ‘Cazetiers.’ Very Gevrey, with deep black and blueberry fruit, layers of flavor and a touch of white pepper on the finish.

 

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Charmes'

Positioned mid-slope similar to ‘Amoureuses,’ this plot’s soil is very thin, with the “mother rock” of Burgundian limestone just inches from the surface. Stunning structure and poise; fine-grained tannins with summer-ripe berry aromas and flavors.

 

 

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Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Estate-owned vines total three-quarters of an acre in “true” Charmes, with 60-year-old vines at the northern end of the grand cru vineyard.

 

 

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Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

Fruit from a single, half-hectare parcel farmed biodynamically by the estate. Always deep and dark, with layers upon layers of flavor waiting to be revealed.

 

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Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

A grand cru wine that speaks for itself and over the ages. Ripe, complex, suave.

 

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Established: 1877
Winemaker: Claudie Jobard
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte de Beaune • Beaune
Vineyard size: 32 acres (estate-owned)