Domaine Ramonet is a prominent wine producer in the Burgundy appellations of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. The estate’s most important wines are made from Chardonnay from the area’s grand cru vineyards, and are highly collectible, often selling for high prices at auction. Domaine Ramonet makes several red wines from Pinot Noir as well.
Pierre Ramonet began buying land on the Montrachet hill in the 1930s and, by the 1950s, owned land in several premier and grand cru vineyards. In the 1970s, he acquired a piece of the famed Le Montrachet site, and now Ramonet owns more than 15 hectares (37 acres) of vineyards, making wines ranging from village-level to grand and premier cru.
The domaine has holdings in Bâtard-Montrachet (0.6 hectares/1.5 acres), Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet (0.4 hectares/one acre), Chevalier-Montrachet (a tiny 0.1 hectares/0.2 acres) and Le Montrachet (0.2 hectares/0.5 acres) grand crus
Old vines and low yields are the cornerstones of Ramonet’s viticultural philosophy, and vines younger than 18 years are not used in the top cuvées. After traditional fermentation, the white wines are kept on lees for an extended period, with battonage happening much less frequently than usual.
Both red and white wines are aged in 33 percent new oak. Red vines are primarily held in Chassagne with just over 1.4 hectares (3.4 acres) held across the La Boudriotte, Morgeot and Clos Saint-Jean premier crus. The domaine has another 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) of Pinot Noir in village-level plots.
Domaine Ramonet is now run by Noël and Jean-Claude Ramonet, following the death of their father Pierre in the mid-1990s. The domaine continues to make some of Montrachet’s most highly regarded wines.
“Light ruby color. This too is highly aromatic with its array of red pinot, soft spice and whiffs of pungent earth and humus. There is better volume and mid-palate density to the delicious, vibrant and nicely rich middle weight flavors that possess an attractive mid-palate texture that contrasts somewhat with the overtly rustic, compact and youthfully austere finale. This could use a year or two to unwind and perhaps add a bit more depth.” Allen Meadows Tasted: 10-APR-20
Domaine Ramonet is undoubtedly regarded as one of the finest producers in the Côte de Beaune and, whilst best known for their incredible Premiers and Grand Crus Chardonnays from Chassagne-Montrachet, they also make superb Aligoté from the village of Bouzeron, which is located just 5km away. The 2016 is a lovely wine from an appellation devoted to this oft-underrated variety, leaping from the glass with delicious scents of white apple flesh, spring flowers and toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, it is sleek and supple, with bright acidity, ample mid palate concentration and a long, mineral finish.
Jean-Claude Ramonet’s 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru is exquisite, wafting from the glass with a youthful bouquet of lime, lemon pith, toasted nuts, pastry cream and fresh mint. On the palate, the wine combines the amplitude and texture of the Bâtard with the incisiveness and energy of the Chevalier, its glossy, multidimensional attack followed by a deep, limpid mid-palate and a long, penetrating finish. 2020 – 2040. The wine advocate
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