2016 Remoissenet Beaune Teurons 1er Cru


“Les Teurons” is a rather large Premier Cru adjacent to “Greves” that is named for an old French word describing “the heights” just to the west of the city of Beaune. We fell hard for this wine’s bright red plums, baking spices, red cherries, and fresh and dried wild strawberries. It’s a squab wine if we ever saw one!

The ancient Beaune négociant Remoissenet (ruh-mwah-sun-eh) has such an impressive history. Not only have they been in business since the late 19th century, but they have also had new life pumped into them via a super-rich, quality-minded investment group, and finally (if not most importantly) because their cellar houses an inventory of more than a million back vintage bottles. This is a winery with absolutely fanatical quality obsession that shows in their pricing. Remoissenet wines are truly great, but never cheap, à la Maison Leroy. Why? Because in Burgundy, where it is very easy for a farmer to make a fine living bottling their own wines, a top négoce has to pay top dollar for both fruit and finished wine—they’re essentially bribing great growers NOT to go into business for themselves.

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