Tasted in Beaune with Bernard Repolt who was deputising for Claudie Jobard, 12 December 2017.
Remoissenet Père et Fils
20 Rue Eugène Spuller
Tel: +33 3 80 26 26 66
Bernard on 2017:
“In 2017 we have 11 ha of new vines on a fermage basis. We took more and more of the grapes each year from this, now retired, producer, but now we are responsible for everything, and it’s the first time that I’ve seen the cellars full.”
Claudie, last year, on 2016:
“2016? Well luckily it finished with nice weather which saved what left – so that was good – but we were obliged to make a non-bio treatment, so that wasn’t good.
“There is everything in this vintage – it will really reward tasting – as actually some sectors had such high yields that they hardly reached maturity, in other areas of-course there were no problems achieving ripeness. I’m expecting the wines to be heterogeneous, but plenty of great stuff will be included.”
Many very good results in 2016 here, if relatively fewer obviously great wines vs many other large houses – it least at this stage of elevage.
Starting with the whites – a number are being bottled, so we taste only those still in barrel:
2016 Beaune St.Desirée
‘It was the first normal yield for years in 2017.’
A little reduction, also on the palate, but it’s fresh and with a richness cut by decent acidity.
2016 Santenay 1er Beaurepaire
These vines were once with Girardin, then sold to a Parisian, now they are here. No frost in this sector.
Bright and open. Deep, layered, rich. Not my style but fresh and full of flavour.
2016 Santenay 1er Clos Tavannes Blanc
I think that this may be the only white from this vineyard(?) The vines for this and the last wine are the same age, harvested on same day, ‘but completely different!’
The nose that has a more interesting depth. Wide, a little less rich good, energy, sucrosity too. This is lovely wine!
2016 Pernand-Vergelesses En Caradeux
The first time here, bought as grapes, from 2018 it’s part of the domaine, there could be 7 barrels, there are three in 2016.
Fresh, pretty a hint of oak. Wide, a nice hint of cushioning, juicy in the finish. Lovely wine!
2016 Meursault 1er Les Cras
A lovely width of aroma, faintly sliced. On the palate there’s nice energy, depth of flavour, weight of flavour – a great finish here.
Ooh, nice, wide, a little cushioned. But really vibrant in the mouth – this is really top – melting flavour here – bravo!
‘Much less than usual.’
Quite floral. Slowly opening, getting better and better. Wide, mineral, fresh, growing in intensity and transparency. A subtle but engaging CC and really long.
From 2017 domaine vines (fermage).
Bright, pretty red fruits of crunchy sweetness. A hint of reductive flavour but sweetness and depth too – just a hint of tannin. But mouth-watering and tasty wine. Really excellent Savigny Villages with none of the herbaciousness that is common.
2016 Meursault Rouge
A little more weight of dark-fruited aroma. Nice in the mouth, there’s weight, a little framing with modest tannin but juicy dark fruit too – almost elegant.
2016 Santenay 1er Gravières
A little coconut oak, structured like the Savigny, with darker fruit – a little riper fruit – also very tasty wine.
2016 Santenay 1er Clos Rousseau
Deeper, more concentrated, supple, nicer texture, weighted and delicious. More sophisticated. Super wine!
2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Serpentières
Nice aromatic freshness. Wide, red-fruited, some herby Savigny-ness, nice length…
2016 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Les Vergelesses
Hmm, a deep and attractive nose. A hint of forward tannin but then a melting flavour, that’s very tasty in the finish – the tannin needs to fade a little, but this will be good.
Ooh, that’s very nice, dark, faintly spiced, very inviting. Supple and concentrated, almost a hint of roast to the fruit, but so long and delicious. Wow…
2016 Beaune 1er Marconnets
More width, and dark fruit but easier than the Grèves. Big in the mouth, less fine texture but also much more energy and freshness. This is concentrated and very delicious wine.
Domaine ex-Germain – 2 hectares – finally bought in 2012 and then there’s been hardly any crop since then!
A depth of aroma, faint cocoa. Fresh, lithe, muscular wine. Melting flavour, this is my favourite of the Beaunes today – some tannin to finish, but not a bit aggressive.
Ooh – a gorgeous faintly spiced nose. Very gassy, but nice volume and really great flavour. This could be a great villages Nuits!
Hmm, also a very fine aromatic depth here – lovely. Wide, fresh, mouth-watering, great flavour. Bravo!
2016 Nuits St.Georges 1er Damodes
Width and a certain silkiness of dark-red fruit. Some gas, but lots of flavour volume. Complex, melting flavour this will be excellent! Simply delicious in the finish – a shame that it’s harder to read in the middle today.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er ‘Trio’
The usual Craipillots, Cherbaudes and Champonnets
A good width of aroma though it’s a relative tightness of aroma. Hmm, extra concentration, super depth of flavour and like the last a lovely energy. Long finishing – super.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Poissenots
More open, very nice depth of flavour. More direct, beautiful texture – this is concentrated and long with really a nice dimension of flavour.
Hmm. Deep, not so wide but with some salinity. A little gas, wide and intense with a beautiful part-floral intensity of flavour. Bravo!
A nice width of aroma with an almost coconut oak suggestion – but fine depth too. Supple, wide, a little floral, today this before the Clos de Vougeot, but for the cellar I’m not sure.
2016 Clos de Vougeot
Super depth of aroma. Structured – this is really good. Tons of volume, lots of flavour complexity. Really great finishing – super wine!