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History

Located in Burgundy, a winegrowing region where terroir and sense of place are typically more important than individual winemakers, Ramonet is in a class of its own.  In fact, Ramonet Montrachet, the estate’s flagship wine, is claimed by many to be unequalled.  What is perhaps even more impressive is the story of the Ramonet family and how they created this world-class winery.

 

Pierre Ramonet arrived in Burgundy in the late 1920s with his worldly possessions in a knapsack and started to earn money by buying and vinifying grapes.  Land value was very low during these difficult times, with the double effects of the depression and the American prohibition.  Through his hard work, Pierre started to accumulate vineyard plots surrounding the village of Chassagne-Montrachet with his first purchase within the great Ruchottes vineyard (also known as Grandes Ruchottes) in 1934.  It was with this parcel of land and this vintage that Père Ramonet made his name. 

 

Raymond Baudoin, the founding father of the renowned wine publication “Revue de Vin de France,” presented Pierre’s wine at a general tasting in Beaune and enthused like never before.  It coincided at the time of the repeal of the Prohibition in the United States and the visit of Frank Schoonmaker, who was passionate about Burgundy.  Frank became the first official American importer for the Domaine with an inaugural purchase of 200 cases.

 

The culminating point of Pierre’s work life was in 1978, when he was still very much a man of the soil.  He walked into a lawyer’s office in Beaune with cash in his pockets and purchased a plot of Montrachet, considered the finest white wine vineyard in the world.  This was the beginning of the Domaine’s most famous wine, Ramonet Montrachet.

 

Pierre eventually handed over the reins to his son André, who died in 2011, and subsequently to his grandchildren, Noël and Jean-Claude, who had tended the family vineyards since 1984.

Domaine Ramonet is undoubtedly regarded amongst the top producers of white wines in the Côte de Beaune, from their superb Chassagne-Montrachet Villages and Premiers Crus to masterpiece Grands Crus.  Although the estate is best known for its whites, it also produces distinctive and remarkable reds.

 

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Vineyards

Domaine Ramonet produces 24 Appellation wines from 40 Acres located primarily near the hamlets of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune region in Burgundy.  Parcels of vineyards were progressively acquired since the first acquisition in 1934, the most recent being Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise.

 

The Montrachet vineyard, at an altitude of 820 to 885 feet, produces the finest expression of the Chardonnay grape anywhere on earth. It owes its name to Mont-Rachet or Bald Hill as the soils are poor, thin and lie on hard limestones traversed by a layer of reddish marls, with the best slope in its area versus the other neighboring Grands Crus.  Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages in the 15th Century.  Its status was first recognized as a Grand Cru in 1937, which was subsequently cemented in the mid-20th century with a number of great vintages.

Buying into a Montrachet plot of land was usually something that only the most wealthy and ambitious producers attempted, but Ramonet’s purchase in 1978 is one of the most legendary stories in Burgundy.  When Père Ramonet, 72 years of age, grandfather of Noël & Jean-Claude, walked into a lawyer’s office in Beaune, he paid entirely in cash and then excused himself to return to the familiarity of his vineyards and cellar.

 

The Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard is located East and beneath Montrachet, at an altitude of 785-825 feet. Its name has a very funny legend, when the Lord of Montrachet was depicted as a knight who had  a child bâtard or bastard out of wedlock. The most logical explanation must lay with the fact that this vineyard is located underneath Montrachet, thus of lower rank.

Ramonet’s Bâtard is one of the most notorious wine of the Domaine. It is produced from brown limestone soils which are deeper and more clayey at the bottom of the slope.  The limestone rocks give it refinement and acidity while the clay provides its dense and powerful character. It exhibits restrained but elegant notes of pain grillé, orchard fruit of citrus and apple, with gorgeous purity, minerality and a stunning length that ends in an amazingly intense finish. Recommended to serve after 5 to 7 years of aging, up to 20 years. Vines were

The bottling of the Domaine comes from 20 rows of vines located on the geological fault named mirroir de faille. Undoubtedly the top wine of the estate, it is the most intense, expressive and complex, by combining the weight and punch of the Bâtard with the sophistication of the Chevalier.  A vinous nectar with a tight structure when young, Ramonet Montrachet epitomizes what Chardonnay has best to offer with aging, up to 20 years.  Vines were planted in 1937.

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Winemaking

Since 1983, Noël  and Jean-Claude have taken all responsibilities for the Domaine, with Noël typically concentrating more on commercial tasks while Jean-Claude has been more focused on the vineyard and the cellar.  Many labor activities are often accomplished as a joint effort between the two brothers, as Noël summarizes: “A Ramonet does it all, in the vineyard or in the cellar, from graft to bottle.”

 

The legacy of learning from their father and grandfather is always acknowledged by Noël and Jean-Claude, who often mention the past generations as the foundation and source of their knowledge. Jean-Claude often says: “We share the same passion and energy and we always strive to do as best as we can to produce wines of the highest possible quality so the Ramonet bottlings continue to  provide great experiences and good memories to consumers.”

 

One of the main consideration for the vineyards is to keep the vine age high and yields low, in order to optimize the raw material and quality of the grapes obtained at harvest.  As a result, the Domaine produces most of its wines from vines of 12 to 50 years of age.  The Chardonnay is Guyot-pruned while the Pinot Noir using the Cordon de Royat method.

 

The vinification of the whites starts in tanks, where the must is eventually chaptalized.  The wines are subsequently transferred to French oak barrels from two regions: the Allier, to give finesse, or the Vosges, for power and flavor.  The proportion of new wood is variable, 10 to 15 percent for the village wines of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, 30 to 40% for the Premiers Crus and 50% for the Grands Crus.  Stirring of the lees or Bâtonnage is done typically three to four times, racking takes place after malolactic fermentation.  Some wines are bottled after 12 months, but it is not unusual for most to spend a portion of the second winter in barrel.  As a result, Ramonet’s cellars have enough space to accommodate two vintages.  The choice of casks (from ten different coopers) and the ageing time are decided based on the acidity, taste and structure of the wines.  Before bottling, the Domaine does not proceed systematically with fining or filtration of their whites.

 

The vinification of the reds begins with the maceration and fermentation in cement vats, typically for 8 to 10 days, with the natural yeast fermentation starting slowly following a few days of cold maceration.  Temperature of fermentation is kept low until the last few days, to help fix the color and the softening of the tannins.  Punch-downs and pump-overs are limited, before a short ageing period of 12 to 15 months in barrels, in order for the wines to retain their freshness and fruity characters.  The portion of new oak is also kept to a minimal with 10-20% for the Village wines and 30-40% for the Premiers Crus.  Bottling takes place during the second winter.

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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  22 wines 

1964 Chateau Latour;Dark ruby, brick rim. B/C level fill, soaked cork. Liquorice, sweet tobacco, hay, some blackcurrants, gorgeous nose, some ripe tannins still, fresh acidity, quite intence, extremelly complex, almost at such a degree, that you can't decipher it all, perfect structure, truly impressive, and exceptionaly long finish. 96

3m 3d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  37 wines 

A long and interesting BWW2020 -tasting day one is behind. Here is my personal list over 90 points wines! Thank you for all the other tasters - tasting 120 young fine wines from all over the world is always a real and rare pleasure -it also felt like I was back on the school bench - and the teachers were the best wines in the world. What a day one!

4m 4d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  41 wines 

Montrachet, 2002 Domaine Des Comtes Lafon.
Montrachet, please notice. No Le, as the plot is on the Chassagne side. Here was a wine which took its time to come out of the glass. At first I was a little underwhelmed, but after ten minutes or so, the richness, concentration, and indeed a succulence almost like a red wine, began to appear. We have something which is quite oaky, still quite youthful, full bodied and very classy indeed: the depth unmistakably of a grand cru. Quite splendid!

5m 2d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  23 wines 

The 2011 Comtes Lafon Montrachet showed some banana on the nose and palate, with a tropical sweetness and a touch of glue. It was initially a bit awkward on the finish, but Alberto noticed it got better and drier with food, becoming his favorite. I agreed that it got better, and so Pitts, channeling his inner Tony the Tiger and proclaiming, ‘it’s great!’ (95p).

6m 9d ago

 Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  26 wines 

The half-bottle pair of 1945 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé was part of an extraordinary private dinner that focused upon 1945 clarets. I did not mind the brief detour into Burgundy. Our generous host wanted to compare two bottlings of this legendary Burgundy, one bottled at the domaine and the second an “Avery of Bristol” bottling acquired at the auction of the much-missed John Avery MW. First and foremost, for all those half-bottle naysayers, after 74 years both showed extremely well, and according to a fellow guest they were as good as a 750ml bottle. They revealed no signs of fatigue, nor did they exhibit any excessive vigor that would have raised suspicions about their authenticity. The domaine bottling came with a neck label stating that the wine was bottled in August 1947 and the quantities produced, although I did not take a note at the time. It demonstrated bricking commensurate with a Burgundy of this age. It is blessed with a heavenly bouquet of astounding precision, extant red fruit laced with camphor, jasmine tea, loam and, with aeration, a splash of balsamic. The bouquet seemed to gently intensify with aeration but always remained somehow languid. The palate comes across as extremely harmonious, exuding that sense of Pinoté. I noticed some distant similarity to a mature Rioja Gran Reserva toward the finish, but if anything, with aeration it reverts back to quintessential mature Musigny, developing a discreet gamy note that I absolutely adore. This is a magnificent wine that lived up to expectations. 98/Drink 2020-2035. The Avery bottling was very similar in appearance to the domaine bottling. Likewise, the aromatic profile bore many similarities, albeit with perhaps even more precision. That sweet core of red fruit is present and correct, laced with similar tertiary and gamy characteristics. The main difference was on the palate, which was texturally slightly more honeyed by comparison and consequently shaved away a little precision on the finish. It is still a gorgeous wine, but in the end I decided that the domaine half-bottle just had the edge. 97/Drink 2020-2030.

8m 4d ago

 Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  7 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Domaine Ramonet Montrachet 2012 / This already is dazzlingly complex yet the density of the nose is such that it?s seems all but guaranteed that much, much more is on the way. Interestingly the nose is not dissimilar from that of the Champs Canet though it?s much less petrol-inflected and with a bit more spice elements in play. There is superb concentration to the elegant, pure and equally complex flavors that deliver simply unbelievable length but do so effortlessly, in fact so much so that it?s genuinely mind-boggling that so much flavor authority can be delivered without almost any weight or heaviness. I was quite honestly stunned when I tasted this and I?m no stranger to young Montrachet but this is as potentially good as I have seen from the Ramonet brothers in a long time and I do not say that lightly; in fact you have to go back to the 1992 to find a young Ramonet Montrachet quite this promising. I should note that while this is certainly more than simply impressive today my score, as always, takes into account the quality that I believe this wine will ultimately deliver with 12 to 15 years of age under its belt. If you can find it, don?t miss it! 99/2024+

1y 4m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  80 wines 

OK, the first five Champagne's was Friday evening, the rest of these wines was Saturday, from morning until night. This was a day and a weekend I will remember for the rest of my life! Nearly all were served blind.

1y 9m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  26 wines 

1992 Ramonet Montrachet in Jeroboam – What could be better than a perfect magnum of an aged, world-class wine? Yup, a jeroboam. This was not only a jeroboam; it was a perfect jeroboam purchased upon release and never moved by its original owner. The Germans know how to keep their white wines lol. A crisp Fall afternoon in Northern Germany was the perfect setting for this amazing bottle, which six to eight of us guzzled down in a couple of hours.



“This was a perfect bottle. Its color glittered in the sunlight like a small fortune. Its nose was full of a sexy corn/butter glaze with a touch of signature mint. It had that wintry, icy character that was in perfect balance with great spice, black forest, and great minerality. This had none of the 1992 over-ripeness from which many whites of this vintage can suffer. It was still tight, but it continued to open and was in a really good spot after my fourth glass of it. There were true grit and expensive earth on its finish. It was nice to see that even out of Jeroboam, the 1992 Ramonet Montrachet is still one of the greatest white wines ever made.”(99J)

2y 2m ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Ramonet . In a tasting of  20 wines 

DRC Montrachet 1978 / 20.0 points / The best dry white wine I have ever tasted. Lovely healthy deep gold. Fabuloso! Toasty yet appetising. Very very meaty. Putty and butterscotch and savoury. Amazingly savoury and subtle. Great, great weight, density and subtlety yet no hint of heaviness. Amazing length.

2y 4m ago

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