Remoissenet Pere & Fils was founded in 1877 and is housed in a charming 14th century building in Beaune. For 30 years the domaine was under the vibrant leadership of Roland Remoissenet who was described as “one of the most dashing” Burgundy winemakers by top wine critic Robert Parker.
In more recent years the domaine has blossomed under the management of Bernard Répolt who is the former president of Louis Jadot and a legendary figure in Burgundy. There has been significant investment in the cellars and the domaine’s prime vineyard holdings are continually being added to. Recent vintages have been exceptional with a generous richness and firm structure thanks to Remoissenet’s tendency to be amongst the last to bring in the harvest from their own vineyards and their partner growers.
Remoissenet Pere & Fils currently owns 2.5 hectares of Premier Cru plots in Beaune which are all worked biodynamically. The domaine’s most prized sites are in Bressandes, Marconnets and Grèves and they also obtain top quality fruit from the Montrachet holdings of Baron Thénard as well as the Lanvin family holdings in the Côte de Nuits. This is supplemented by regular purchases of grapes by the negociant side of the business with growers incentivized to supply the best grapes possible via a bonus system for exceptional quality fruit.
The winemaking philosophy of the domaine is wholeheartedly non-interventionist with the grapes meticulously sorted by hand to ensure only the very best end up in the finished wine. Reds and whites alike are fermented with indigenous yeasts to add extra character and authenticity. The young wines are then aged in 350 litre oak barrels with a higher percentage of new barrels for the Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines.
Remoissenet’s finest whites tend to be the Montrachet Grand Cru bottlings which are consistently age-worthy from vintage to vintage thanks to the intense vibrancy and freshness balanced by rich fruit. This energy is also found in the domaine’s reds like the Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru which is sourced from 70-year old Pinot Fin vines. This extremely rare grape is thought to be related to Pinot Noir and produces small, remarkably concentrated berries which in turn create a unique take on red Burgundy.
One truly unique feature of Remoissenet Pere & Fils is the domaine’s extensive library of wines dating back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This is extremely rare in Burgundy as most producers are required to sell their entire annual production to finance the next year’s vintage and are able to keep very little stock of back vintages in their cellars. This collection represents an incredibly exciting opportunity for collectors and admirers of well-matured Burgundy which tends to be sold for reasonable prices.