Beaumonts; Beaux Monts; Beauxmonts – whatever the spelling, the name means delightful pinot with many variations. It is a large vineyard covering the slope above Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots towards Flagey-Echezeaux.
Cecile Tremblay has a lovely plot in the centre of the vineyard with old vines, and it is worth a study. Indeed!
Frankly, I am finding more and more detail and pleasure in Cécile Tremblay’s wines. They offer forward drinkability, yet at the same time are real, substantial wines with intensity and structure. The organic feel of their mid-palate fruit is truly delightful.
This is not a universal opinion, however, as others are less susceptible to the charms of the Tremblay wines. Some tasters find a lack of definition – or precision – to the fruit, and for example find the 2018s a bit on the weighty, ripe side.
While I can understand this argument, I take a stronger stance for the hedonistic element and give the wines some leniency. In the end, above all I just want to find pleasure.
So while Echezeaux and Chapelle-Chambertin are her signature wines, Cécile’s Vosne-Romanee Beaumonts is certainly one of the more sensual wines of the line-up. It can be a hedonistic treat when it fully reveals itself.
Let’s go to Beaumonts!
Cécile Tremblay’s vineyards
Cécile Tremblay began her endeavour in 2002-03 as she took over some of her family’s vineyards and started producing wine.
The vineyards originally come from the Edouard Jayer estate. Edouard, Henri Jayer’s uncle, was a cooper in Nuits-Saint-Georges before World War I, and Cécile’s great-grandfather. In 1921, he married Esther Fournier, who came from a vigneron family, and they established their estate based on vineyards from her inheritance, gradually expanding the portfolio over the years.
In 1950, the vineyards were shared amongst their five children. Renée – the youngest daughter – kept her vineyards and rented them out in metayage (share-cropping). Her only daughter, Marie Annick, and her husband continued to expand the estate, while keeping it under metayage until 2002.
After her studies, their daughter Cécile decided to take over her parents’ vineyards, and this was the birth of the delightful Domaine Cécile Tremblay at the beginning of 2003.
As mentioned, the vineyards prior to 2003 were rented out to other growers. Cécile was able to take back 3 ha at the beginning, and will eventually take back more as the leases expire.
One of her original vineyards was Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts, a delightful terroir at least partly elevated over the village on the border to Flagey-Echezeaux.
Les Beaumonts (or Les Beaux Monts; both can be used) is the name on the excellent 1er cru from Domaine Cecile Tremblay.
Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts
Les Beaumonts is the located on the border between Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echezeaux, and is the second largest 1er cru in the village, covering 11.39 hectares.
The Beaumonts vineyard is divided between the two villages, but as there are no 1er crus in Flagey-Echezeaux, the appellation itself is a Vosne-Romanée 1er cru.
Les Beaux Monts: Four sections – village, 1er, and grand cru
Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts (note the spelling change; see below) is located north of Richebourg and Aux Brulees, above Les Suchots and Echezeaux. It is divided into four sections: Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts, Vosne Romanee Les Hauts de Beaux Monts, Flagey-Echezeaux Les Beaux Monts Hauts, and Flagey Echezeaux Les Beaux Monts Bas.
(It should be noted that some use the spelling Les Beaumonts instead of Les Beaux Monts. But the official cadastre uses the spellings above for the four sections of the vineyard.)
The top of the vineyard is classified as village in some parts, while the main section is classified as 1er cru, and the bottom of Flagey-Echezeaux Beaux Monts Bas is classified as grand cru, part of Echezeaux.
The map below shows the 1er cru section of Les Beaux Monts. The large Leroy holding is outlined in red, with the rest of the 1er cru bordered in white. Cécile Tremblay’s plot is indicated with a green outline.
The top part of the vineyard (Les Hauts de Beaux Monts) has the lightest soils, whereas the top-end wines from this appellation come from Les Beaux Monts Bas, which gives potentially bigger, fuller wines. The top 2.37 ha of Les Hauts de Beaux Monts are classified as village, including the Beaux Monts Hauts Rougeots located in the Flagey end. More on the structure of Beaux Monts in a separate article.
There is a lot of focus on Aux Malconsorts, Cros Parantoux, and Aux Reignots, leaving Les Beaux Monts perhaps a bit overlooked these days.
The lack of attention seems a bit strange and perhaps even unfair, as Les Beaux Monts was very highly regarded in the old classifications. It is, however, a complex vineyard with quite some difference in soils across the plots.
There are fine producers making wine in Les Beaux Monts, and more and more wines are starting to get hyped by the market – just take the example of Les Beaux Monts from Mme. Bize-Leroy.
But the Cecile Tremblay wines are also gathering a large following, and with high demand and low supply, the prices on the secondary market tend to rise – or some would say explode.
Domaine Cecile Tremblay Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts – the plots
Domaine Cecile Tremblay is one of the smaller owners of Les Beaux Monts, with one parcel in the core of the vineyard just above the Leroy holding.
The cadastre plot (no. AB 51) is 0.1493 ha, and is located in Les Hauts Beaux Monts, one of the sections belonging to Vosne.
Cécile Tremblay will have more plots in this vineyard from 2021, but their origin is so far being confidential.
This future development does however lead back to the origins of Cécile’s plot, as she is related to both the Jayer and Noëllat families, and hence also to the Leroy plot (acquired from the Charles Noëllat estate), She is also linked to the Hudelot family that’s related by marriage to the Noëllats. Vosne genealogy is very complex and comprehensive!
The ownership history of the Leroy plots
Looking back at Rodier1 (1920). we have two parts on the Vosne side: 2.4230 ha in Les Beaux Monts – almost exactly the size of the current Leroy plot.
We also have Les Hauts de Beaux Monts with 3.8050 ha. Rodier1 in 1920 listed the following owners:
Names that are known, but I don’t see a direct link to Cécile Tremblay.
Moving back to Danguy and Aubertin2 in 1892, we see the following owners of Les Hauts de Beaux Monts:
Cécile Tremblay Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts – the wine
Given the small plot and tiny production, the Tremblay Beaumonts is a quite rare bird. I have been lucky to taste the wine twice from the cask, and it’s always been a real treat.
Cécile Tremblay Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts 2018
This is a big wine from very old vines (planted in 1927) in the area above Brûlées. It’s oozing with Vosne spices, along with violets and peonies. On the palate, it is silky and intense with charming opulence. This is really drinking well with its delightful balance and energy.
(Drink From 2031) – Very Fine – (93-94p) – Tasted 22/05/2019
Domaine Cécile Tremblay Vosne-Romanée Les Beaumonts 2019
This is a big wine, again as in 2018 full of Vosne spices, along with violets and highly perfumed peonies. On the palate it is all silkiness and intensity, with charming, vivid opulence. The 2019 fruit is so lively and energetic, yet this will need more time than the Chambolle Feusselottes.
(Drink From 2031) – Very Fine – (93-95p) – Tasted 06/07/2020 –
References & Sources:
- Camille Rodier, Le Vin de Bourgogne (1920)
- M.R. Danguy et M. Ch. Aubertin, Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne (1892)
Many thanks to Cécile Tremblay for helping with the cadastre information on the Tremblay plots.
Tasting Notes for this producer
- Cécile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2014 May 24, 2016
- Cecile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2012 May 19, 2014
- Cecile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2011 May 18, 2014
- Cecile Tremblay, Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2011 March 6, 2014
- Cécile Tremblay, Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2007 January 28, 2012
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