2012 Vosne Romanee Remoissenet

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Average critic rating : 88.75 points



A pungent nose combines notes of oak toast, menthol, sandalwood, spice elements as well as both blue and black pinot fruit. There is excellent richness to the wonderfully seductive medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before culminating in a dusty and well-balanced finish. This is very Vosne in basic character and while it's finer than the Nuits there isn't quite the same level of depth. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2019+



The 2012 Vosne-Romanee Village also comes from two parcels on the southern side of the appellation. It has a tightly wound bouquet that is not playing game at the moment. The palate is crisp and supple on the entry with a dash of white pepper sprinkled over the vibrant red fruit, before it segues into a structured, more Nuits Saint Georges inspired finish. Very fine. ||You may have heard of Pierre-Antoine Rovani. One of Burgundy’s most shy and retiring members, he was his usual taciturn self, uttering all but one or two words during my Sunday afternoon tasting of 2012s in Remoissenet’s 14th century cellars, just off the Beaune peripherique. You know the story here: the name reborn in 2005 when outside investors prompted a Damascene resurrection of what had fundamentally been an also-ran bottling operation, into a quality-driven concern and vinifying wines themselves. Their policy is to buy at premium in order to acquire the best fruit, except for the 2.5-hectare of vineyard that they own themselves. With general manager and former Louis Jadot president Bernard Repolt, winemaker Claudine Jobard and chef de culture Fred Le Prince (a wonderful name that sounds like a lost bassist from Funkadelic), this has been one of the region’s recent success stories. They recently purchased the cuverie at Chateau de Chorey to make the Bourgogne Rouge and Givry Village. They use “342s” as Pierre Antoine referred to them i.e. 342-litre barrels casks for vinifying most of their wines. They have a large portfolio of both domaine and negociant wines that I tasted at a leisurely pace on a Sunday afternoon. And I must say, I was impressed by their 2012s. Sure, not everything hits the spot with such a comprehensive and diverse array of wines, but the fact is that many crus showed very well. As Rovani mentioned, there is a gap in the market for affordable Burgundy, one that will surely expand as the top names become prohibitively expensive for mere mortals. That is where Remoissenet can fit in and having overhauled their reds, it sounds as if they will be working on ameliorating their whites in future years, not that they are anything to be ashamed of now. Hey, and you know what? Even Pierre-Antoine was beginning to lose his inhibition and comes out of his shell by the end of the tasting. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013

Remoissenet is one of Burgundy’s oldest names. The business is run from stunning 14th century buildings in Beaune, and, since 2005, quality has surged under the ownership of the Milstein family. FINE+RARE regularly ship Remoissenet wines direct from the domaine and have access to many excellent vintages going as far back as 1959.

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