The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2007 from Domaine Poisot is not really showing the full potential at the moment. In the nose quite perfumed and dense red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries, elderberries … spiced with a quite discrete minerality and some hints of toasted oak. On the palate quite rich and dense for the vintage … a bit unfocused currently. The finish is long and quite powerful but also a bit unresolved and edgy. It’s a big wine for the vintage, but it really need time to resolve … and lacking a bit of transparancy compared directly with the 2008. Nevertheless a fine wine in the making,
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Domaine Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is quite long and focused with the weight of the lovely terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … a delightful effort.
The 2006 Romanee Saint-Vivant from Domaine Poisot is a quite dark and serious wine. The bouquet offer a intense display of dark berry fruit, liqourice and a earthy Vosne minerality with hints of violets and all spice. The fruit is appear slightly stewed in the beginning – but after some time in the glass it unfolds purity and more transparency. On the palate it’s quite dark and muscular compared to the 2007 and 2008 editions of this wine, with rich and tightly knit dark fruit and a powerful framework of tannins and minerality. It’s a quite intense and weighty wine – really need time to unfold some more complexity.
The 2007 Corton Bressandes from Domaine Poisot is a quite impressive and charming effort for the vintage. The nose is bursting with red and dark cherries, very forward, delicate and precise. On the palate very good grip and focus for the vintage … lovely delicate fruit .. good midpalate weight. A classic, very forward and expressive Corton Bressandes. Really like the nerve and energy in the fruit. The transparancy and balance is quite impressive … need some years more to unfold completely … well done!
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Remi Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is nevertheless long and focused with the weight from the lovely grand cru terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … perhaps a bit on the light side.
The Pernand Caradeux is really enjoying the quite abundant fruit of the 2012 vintage. It’s offering fine red and dark berry fruit in the nose. On the palate it’s firmly structured – but also blessed with a lovely rich fruit – well balanced and quite refined for the terroir. Normally not a great fan of Pernand, but this is working well.
The Corton-Bressandes 2011 from Remi Poisot is showing fine promise. In the bouquet spicy red berry fruit – intense and rich – but somewhat closed when tasted just prior to bottling. The palate offer rich and weighty flavors – with a nice complexity and length. The fruit is ripe and lush with a matching backbone of finely grained tannins and minerality. A muscular but quite charming wine … very typical for the terroir.
The Corton-Bressandes is showing quite a lot of reduction currently – but still the charming and extrovert 2012 fruit manage to show some nuances. On the palate pure and lovely red berry fruit – juicy and with a fine nerve and energy. It’s very charming for the appelation, long, rich, quite intense and very well balanced. A lovely Corton-Beessandes in the making.
The Corton-Charlemagne 2011 from Poisot is a charming effort. In the bouquet fresh orchard fruits – pear and peach with a delicate expression of citrus infused mineralic terroir. On the palate good length and balance – lovely pure midpalate fruit with fine depth and focus. It’s quite forward, harmonious and charming with a quite understated delicate complexity from the grand cru terroir. A nice year for Corton Charlie – a pleasure wine.
Remi Poisot have made some lovely 2012s – and the Cortin Chalie is no exception. The Corton-Charlemagne terroir with it’s firm structure really suits the style of the 2012 whites. The bouquet is showing pure and quite exotic fruit – peach, melon, hints of acacia and oak. On the palate quite dense and rich but with a very nice balance and focus from the mineralic terroir. It’s a quite refined and rich Charlie in the making.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2011 is a refined effort from Remi Poisot. In the nose delicate nuances of red berry fruit and Vosne spices. On the palate layers of pure cool red berry fruit – with a nice transparancy and balance. It’s quite lightfooted but with a fine expression of terroir in the long and focused finish. A wine of finesse and refinement – rather than power and intensity … a very fine RSV in the making.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2012 is slightly reduced but showing fine nuances of red berry fruit and Vosne spices. On the palate layers of intense and refined pinot fruit, quite transparent with a lovely expression of the fine terroir. The fruit is pure and vibrant, offering very fine length and complexity. A beautiful RSV in the making – the best wine I have tasted from this domaine so far.
Domaine Poisot is a “new” domaine run by the former navy captain Remi Poisot, who is now making wine from a fine portfolio of family vineyards.
Remi began making wines before the harvest in 2009, and 2010 was his first full vintage – where he also did the work in the vineyards.
The Poisot family own vineyards in Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Corton-Bressandes, Corton Charlemagne and in Pernand-Vergelesses – these vineyards is a part of the heritage from the Louis Latour domaine – see further info about Domaine Poisot
The Corton-Charlemagne from Domaine Poisot is a quite forward and charming Charlie . the bouquet is quite open with white orchard fruits, acacia and a lovely chalky mineralic base. On the palate pure yellow fruit with a very fine density and a long quite rich finish. The fruit is deep and quite dense – old vines, average age is 50 years. It’s quite accessible for a Corton-Charlemagne, and with a lovely expression of the terroir and the vintage. This is not a big and tough Charlie, but a charming quite approcable wine – lovely by my standards.
The Corton-Bressandes 2009 from Domaine Poisot is a true Corton – powerful and serious – but not without charm. The bouquet offer quite complex red berry notes – cherries and forest berries. The fruit is quite expressive sweet and pure. On the palate fine concentration and weight, but with a slightly more serious character …. the fruit is quite tight and pure and the tannins are quite powerful in the finish. Really like the fruit in this wine, however it will need quite some time to resolve the tannins in the finish – so have patience – as always with Corton. What can I say – A classic expression of the Corton terroir with a very good aging potential – a fine first vintage from Remi Poisot.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2009 from Domaine Poisot is a refined and lovely wine. The bouquet is currently slightly closed (perhaps due to recent transport) but gradually showing more and more red fruit – cherries, raspberries – with hints of oak, coffee, liquorice and plum. On the palate beautiful refined red fruit – pure, deep and quite cool for the vintage – with a very fine and transparent expression of terroir. The midpalate concentration is fine with a tight and very pure expression of pinot fruit. The style is quite classical and pure with a very fine expression of the terroir. A refined and very impressive first effort from Remy Poisot. Looking forward to taste the next vintages from this new exiting producer.
It’s rare to see new producers or owners on the big grand crus in Vosne Romanee, but during my work on the articles about Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard I discovered a new and for me unknown producer on this fine vineyard – Domaine Poisot.
The story is however much more complex, as the history of the Poisot holdings on Romanee-Saint-Vivant dates back to 1902. For decades they have however only been bottling very small quantities of RSV under the Poisot label – and sold the main part of the production off to negociants – so while it’s an old ownership it’s really a new producer of Romanee-Saint-Vivant.
Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!
I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.
The end of points
I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.
I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.
The potential is defined by the terroir
The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.
It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.
Here is the winehog.org rating system:
- Very Fine
- Very Good
- Above Average
- Below Average
The winehog rating system – converted to points
As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.
Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:
- Legendary – (99 – 100p)
- Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
- Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
- Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
- Fine – (91 – 92p)
- Very Good – (88 – 90p)
- Good – (85 – 87p)
- Above Average – (80 – 84p)
- Average – (75 – 79p)
- Below Average – (70 – 74p)
- Poor – (50 – 69p)
… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!