91 Points, Vinous Media

REVIEWS

"The 2011 Beaune Les Grèves is the most powerful and structured of these Beaune 1er Crus from Remoissenet. Graphite, violets, cloves, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. Savory herbs, smoke and wild flowers add complexity and intrigue as the wine continues to open up. Readers will need to give the 2011 at least a few years in bottle, as today the tannins remain imposing." -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, 91 Points

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT
  • VARIETAL
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Remoissenet dates back to the late 1800s with a strong reputation in older reserves and negociant trade. It was only since 2005 with new ownership and group investment that the winery has embarked on a renaissance to become undoubtedly one of Burgundy's most venerable producers.

Based in the town of Beaune, their strength lies in their numerous single-vineyard offerings of Chardonnay, however their Beaune Greves 1er Cru has consistently been a clear cut standout of the 1er Crus. Its expressive and layered dark red fruit that will appear to lover of either "New World" or "Old World" Pinot Noir.

I was able to negotiate great price terms with the West Coast Importer to offer the NATION'S BEST PRICE for the 2011 release. Lock in 6 or more and be rewarded with a further discount. Savings on top-flight Cru Red Burgundy is not a common occurrence these days and many Californian and Oregon top-flight offerings can't compete with this wine's complete package of gorgeous fruit  taut minerality and alluring spice/earth elements.

Here's a Pinot you can decant for early enjoyment, as well as having the balance and overall pedigree to cellar another 3 to 5 years. This bottling offers great appeal early out of the gate compared to the domaine's triple digit Grand-Cru offers. Savvy Burghounds should take advantage on the price savings for a six pack and charts its evolution over the next 3 years. Cheers!

TASTING NOTES 

Beaune Les Greves is flat-out beautiful. I especially like the way the wine fleshes out on the palate to balance some of the more intensely mineral notes. The Greves boasts wonderfully expressive dark red fruit layered with floral, spiced notes. The cool, vibrant finish bodes well for the future

THE STORY TO KNOW

Remoissenet Père et Fils was founded in Burgundy in 1877, and was established in a 14thcentury building in Beaune. In recent years, the company was run by larger-than-life Roland Remoissenet for around 30 years, before it was sold and taken over by a consortium including the Milstein brothers from the USA, Halpern Enterprises of Toronto and Louis Jadot, with Bernard Répolt, veteran of managing several other Beaune houses, in charge. The business is on the lookout for vineyards to acquire.

In the years before the UK joined the EEC there were some intriguing cuvées which were understood to be the surplus production of grand wines under simpler noms de plume. I remember for example some Bourgogne Rouge, Cuvée du Cardinal Richelieu from I think 1972, which may or may not have had an affinity with Richebourg.

The company owns 2.5 hectares of Beaune premier crus, including Bressandes, Marconnets and Grèves, but their stock is solidified by wines obtained from their négociant business, and the Montrachet vines of Baron Thénard, whom they represent.

In addition to the annual harvest, a few extra bottles are sold each year that were residing in the cellars when the estate was sold. These ancient bottles are considered rarities and great collectors’ items, and at the time of purchase there were around 1 million of them.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with turbot and sauteed ceps.