2016 1er Cru Les Avaux Domaine Joël Rémy
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
This has a great polish to the fruit. Very fine, but not inconsiderable grip growing here. Lovely mineral firmness and balance. A commanding force drives this broad weight through. Nice acidity, quite dense fruit and a dark glossy touch of chocolate... bitter orange almost. Very good.
(Unable to make Cent Vignes this year - only 800 metres away, but hit too hard by the frost. 35 HL/HA.) L&S (Oct 2017)
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Floral perfume on the nose, followed by quite bitter fruit character on the palate. Tight structure, strong core concentration. Doesn't give so much breadth of flavour as their Beaune Les Avaux, but has all the components to get there with bottle age. Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 16.5+ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
Domaine Joël Rémy
A family domaine that extends back five generations to 1853, but which Joël has modernised considerably over the past twenty years, installing new fermentation and ageing equipment. Over the years his vinifications have changed, and the wines have a lot more immediacy and precision. The quality of fruit is not in doubt, as lovers of his Bourgogne Rouge from year to year will attest, and a lot of work in the vineyard contributes to this, including leaf-thinning towards the end of the growing season. In the winery he has installed a vibrating sorting table, and the only filtering is by a lens filter at very low pressure to avoid de-naturing the wines. All offer quite striking value.
In 2016 Joël was joined full-time by both his children, Maxime and Manon. There is a renewed air of excitement and ambition here.
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