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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Santenay Blanc

One of the southernmost villages in the Cote de Beaune, Santenay produces both red and white wines. Santenay whites are fresh and herbal, with ripe citrus and white fruit notes.

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.

 

 

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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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Chassagne-Montrachet

A pitch-perfect example of the mountain-stream purity and floral aromas of Chassagne. Fresh and silky; flavors of warm lemon, ripe white fruit.

 

 

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Ladoix 1er Cru 'Les Gréchons'

Facing east, ’Gréchons’ sits at altitude on the eastern side of the historic hill of Corton. The site’s chalky soils, rich in fossilized material, is noble indeed; the wine is abundantly floral, with flavors of citrus, white peach and light honey.

 

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Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru 'En Caradeux'

The ‘Caradeux’ vineyard faces east, located across from the hill of Corton and grand cru vineyard Corton-Charlemagne. Aromas of white flowers, citrus, apple, light honey. A perfect example of the delicacy and elegance of Pernand whites.

 

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Santenay Blanc 1er Cru 'Les Gravières'

The ‘Gravières’ vineyard faces east/southeast, and sits near the border with Chassagne-Montrachet. Tangy, medium-bodied, bright; flavors of lemons, apple, white peach. A perfect pair with a healthy wedge of soft-rind cheese and a toasted baguette.

 

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Meursault 1er Cru 'Blagny'

The vineyards in the hamlet of Blagny, perched at the confluence of Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Meursault, all sit at altitude and face east. Aromas of apples, citrus, light honey, fresh nuts. Medium-bodied, very fresh.

 

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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Folatières'

Facing southeast, ‘Folatières’ is one of Puligny’s larger premier cru vineyards. Aromas of white flowers, marzipan, light tropical fruits. Full, textured; flavors of stone fruits and citrus.

 

 

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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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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

The legendary grand cru vineyard on the hill of Corton! Aromas of yellow fruits, herbs, demi-sel butter, light smoke. Full-bodied, refined; very long. One of the grandest grand cru white Burgundies.

 

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Le Montrachet Grand Cru

Sourced from older vines located on the Chassagne side of this grand cru plot, and next to the vines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

 

 

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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, from two villages-level plots, ‘Les Jacquines’ and ‘Au Dessus de la Riviere,’ which both sit south of the village. Aromas of purple and pink wildflowers, light spice, black cherries, red plums. Juicy, refined, silky. Spicy with a long finish.

 

 

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Nuits-Saint-Georges

Estate-owned vines, cared for biodynamically, from two villages-level plots, ‘Bas de Combe,’ which sits on the border with Vosne, touching premier cru ‘Les Chaumes’; and ‘Aux Lavières.’ Aromas of black cherries, pepper, licorice, a hint of tobacco. Structured but juicy, balanced.

 

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Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge 1er Cru
Santenay Rouge 1er Cru 'Grand Clos Rousseau'

The southernmost vineyard in Santenay, at the border with the village of Maranges, ‘Grand Clos Rousseau’ occupies the upper portion of
the larger ‘Clos Rousseau’ vineyard. Soils are mostly decomposed white limestone, very mineral. Flavors suggest red fruit, baking spices; tannins are earthy, smooth.

 

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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 'Teurons'

Estate-owned vines, cared for biodynamically, sit at the top of the slope in ‘Teurons,’ facing east/southeast. Aromas of red berries, autumn leaves, light mushroom, expressive and expansive.

 

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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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Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Grands Epenots'

The vineyard ‘Les Grands Epenots’ is part of a larger vineyard chain at the edge of the appellation with Beaune. (The other two are ‘Clos des Epeneaux’ and ‘Les Petits Epenots.’) Soils are deep and fine, with limestone scree and marne. Aromas of red and black plums, light licorice, baking spices, black cherry. Earthy and suave, with fine-grained tannins.

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Les Cazetiers'

Estate-owned vines, cared for biodynamically, total less than one acre in ‘Cazetiers.’ East-facing, the vineyard sits at the mouth of the ‘combe,’ with soils rich in white marl and fossilized seashells. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice. Meaty yet refined; plush tannins. White peppery finish.

 

 

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Poissenot'

Estate-owned vines, cared for biodynamically, total just under one-half acre in ‘Poissenot,’ high up on the slope at the forest line above ‘Lavaux Saint-Jacques.’ Aromas of red plums, light licorice, summer berries. Chiseled and pure; refined tannins, long finish.

 

 

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Echanges'

East-facing, the small vineyard of ‘Echanges’ sits in the heart of the village. (The vineyard itself is split into two; the upslope portion is rated premier cru, while the downslope portion is rated villages.) Aromas of wildflowers, red fruit and light spice. Flavors suggest black and red berries, with fine tannins and a smooth finish.

 

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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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Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Estate-owned vines total three-quarters of an acre in “true” Charmes, at the northern end of this grand cru vineyard. Aromas of black cherry, purple flowers, baking spices. Concentrated, layered, suave.

 

 

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

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