Ramonet Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2016
Intense, powerful and oaky, with notes of nectarines, orange peel and kumquat. Some buttery notes, with a fair amount of new oak which is quite well integrated with the fruit already.
Ramonet Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015
Initially restrained and quite closed, with lovely butter and creamy, smoky mineral notes. Comparatively lean compared to the St Aubin and Batard Montrachet which is typical of Bienvenues which has thinner top soil, meaning vines tend to dig deep into the limestone which many believe contributes to the distinct minerality of the wines here. After around half an hour in the glass, this opens up very nicely in the glass to reveal notes of pineapple, nectarines and peaches.
Ramonet Bouzeron Aligote 2015
Bouzeron is the sole appellation for Aligote within Burgundy, situated in the subregion of Cote Chalonnaise, just a stone's throw away from the more prestigious Chassagne Montrachet. Classic citrus fruits, lemon sherbert adorn the palate, with excellent intensity of fruit. Clean, fresh and distinctively mineral, with a touch of peach, displaying great acidity. This is all balanced by a nice creamy roundedness not found in typical Aligotes. Overall a brilliantly refreshing wine.
Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 1er Cru 2015
Quite lean with mineral overtones. Rich, powerful, with notes of citrus fruits, lemons, green apples, as well as toasty notes. There's a very clean vibrant acidity which gives a lot of freshness to the palate, and a great balance too. Though very young at the moment, it would be very interesting to see how this will age.
Ramonet Macon Peronne Blanc 2016
Lean citrus fruits, pineapples, quite tight, showing ripe lemon fruit, stone fruits, nectarines and balanced acidity. Though the wines of the Maconnaise tend to quite simple, this is actually far more complex than any other Macons we have tried, and is in fact quite Puligny in style. Excellent value for money!
Ramonet Pernand Vergelesses Les Belles Filles Blanc 2014
Ripe, powerful with toasty stone fruits. The oak is quite apparent in this, showing lots of sweet coconut and vanilla characters as well as sweet spices. This is all balanced however by very fine acidity which brings ample freshness to the palate, but still needs a lot of time to integrate properly. Pernand Vergelesses is such an underrated appellation and village that if anybody is looking for value in their white Burgs, it should definitely be on your radar.
Ramonet Puligny Montrachet Enseignieres 2015
Creamy, rounded, intense and powerful, with plenty of toasty, butter and biscuity notes. At present, the oak is a little dominating, masking the fruit somewhat, but should hopefully integrate a lot better if given a few more years.
Ramonet Saint Aubin Murgers des Dents de Chien 1er Cru 2015
Les Murgers Dents des Chiens (literally meaning the wall of dog's teeth) is situated directly above Montrachet and Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, providing a nice cool site to grow excellent Chardonnay. It also shares a similar soil to Montrachet with pebbly, broken limestone. This is probably the best vineyard in St Aubin, and it proximity to Montrachet does mean their wines share a lot of similar characteristics. Intense citrus peel and honeysuckle on the nose, with a very pure clean minerality. Stone fruits, peaches, fuji apples, with a hint of butter leads to an elegant floral finish. This is a steal!
Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 1er Cru 2000
A kind gift from one of our guests, this was perfection and shows just how well Ramonet ages. At 19 years old, everything is fully integrated between the fruit and the oak, with very intense notes of yellow fruits, nectarines, mandarin, orange peel, candied apples. Everything is in perfect sync with each other, and the balance between fruit, acidity and oak is so harmonious that one can drink this all night long. This is a perfectly mature Chassagne, and definitely leaves us in excitement to wonder how many of these much younger wines we tasted tonight will develop.
About this Tasting
"Ramonet in white is the equivalent of Henri Jayer or the DRC in red" – Clive Coates MW
We invite you on this journey to discover Chassagne Montrachet’s most prominent producer, Jean-Claude Ramonet. The quote above by Clive Coates just about sums up the important position that this grower holds in Burgundy. Their 1934 Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 1er Cru became the very first estate bottled white Burgundy producer to export their wines to the USA, coinciding with the end of prohibition. With further acquisitions of vineyards through the ages, including Montrachet Grand Cru, Ramonet is today among one the most important white Burgundy producers in Burgundy. If you think you know your Burgundy terroir, this is the event to come to, as we blind-taste through lesser-known villages from Pernand Vergelesses to Bouzeron, the only village appellation for 100% Aligote. And finish the night with a comparison of their Grand Crus Batard and Bienvenues Batard Montrachet. This is not a tasting you would want to miss!