From an ancient and esteemed Burgundy producer comes this wonderfully approachable and well-balanced Beaujolais. Loaded with crunchy red fruit and savory wet stone, this ginger quaffer is perfect for any of your backyard feasts. She is even polished enough to impress the folks over Thanksgiving bread-breaking, a definite keeper.
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.
The 2018 Fleurie Domaine Julien Clément is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, strawberries and rose petals, complemented by subtle hints of raw cocoa and undergrowth. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's succulent and charming, with an open core of expressive fruit, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. Julien Clément farms and vinifies this wine, with the Remoissenet team providing advice on bottling practices and then buying the production.