- SILVER (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2017
About Remoissenet Père & Fils
Founded in 1877, Remoissenet Père et Fils was run for most of the last century from a 14th century building in Beaune. In 2005, on his retirement, Roland (the last of the Remoissenet family) sold the company. Roland had by all accounts been a dashing character, but his ‘last 10 years at the helm were hardly the zenith of quality wine production.’ The new owners installed an experienced manager, Bérnard Repolt, and began to invest in the business – the wines have improved considerably in the last decade.
Not only have yields been slashed; but the vineyard holdings have been increased, especially in Beaune Premier Cru, to 13 hectares. Much care is taken on the triage or sorting table; it is often said that producers who perform the most severe triage here, produce the best wines.
Claudie Jobard has been the Head Winemaker here since 2005, she was inspired by her mother, Laurence, who was hired by Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1976 to be Head Winemaker and stayed for 30 years.
Whilst the winery is not ‘gravity fed’, they take great care of the Pinot Noir grapes maintaining the skin’s integrity and gently moving the juice about to prevent oxidation. There are no tubes or pumps to move the fruit about the winery; it is taken to the oak fermentation vats in buckets, likewise the fermented juice is carried manually to the press. For the Chardonnay the fermentation starts warm, at around 20°C and allowed to cool, to about 11°C, prior to taking the barrels to the cellars for about a year. This slow oxidation period, in the barrels in the cellar, helps to allow for a long bottle maturation.
Bill Nanson in his 2012 publication ‘The Finest Wines of Burgundy’ complements the team’s work since 2005, picking out their ability to make the best wines in the challenging 2006 vintage, singling out the white Saint-Romain for its value for money, and indicating that the name Remoissenet on the label is a sufficient cue to buy the wine. Trophies: In 2016 Remoissenet’s qualitative approach was rewarded when the 2013 vintage of their Meursault Charmes won two superb awards: the Meursault Trophy at the International Wine Challenge and the Chardonnay Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. In 2016 Remoissenet’s qualitative approach was rewarded when the 2013 vintage of their Meursault Charmes won two superb awards: the Meursault Trophy at the International Wine Challenge and the Chardonnay Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.