30–40-year-old vines give loads of character to the 100% Chardonnay in your glass. Hand-harvested, pressed full cluster and fermented on indigenous yeast, it’s a true reflection of some of the finest terroir in the world. Look for aromas of acacia blossom, pear skin and lemon zest over stony minerality. Plush and round, with a silky texture, it’s a concentrated and refined wine with a long and glorious finish.
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.
Stone fruits, apple blossom, and caramelized citrus notes emerge from the 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Castets, which gains richness and depth as it sits in the glass. With medium to full body, bright acidity, background oak, and a great finish, this is brilliantly done and should drink nicely for at least 6-7 years.