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  • Country ranking ?

    864
  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Exotic dishes ( Chinese, Indian, Thai) & crystallised ginger

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Smooth and juicy, this white evokes peach, apple and sweet spice flavors. The lively structure keeps this fresh and focused, allowing the finish to linger gracefully. Drink now through 2023. 60 cases imported. - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

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The Story

The Clos de la Boudriotte vineyard has only three owners, and is the pride and joy of Domaine Ramonet. It lies within the grounds of the Morgeot Abbey, in soils that produce Pinot Noirs of great concentration. With cellaring time, the smooth structure of this wine will be at its best, but its nimble balance also makes it enjoyable at a young age.

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Wine Information

Pierre Ramonet, established himself as a winemaker in Chassagne-Montrachet in the late 1920s with little more than the shirt on his back and the desire to make wine. He began the process of scraping together vineyard plots and assembling an estate in what is arguably France’s most famous white wine appellation. Under Pierre Ramonet’s son, Andre, the Domaine achieved near legendary status and it’s not atypical to hear words like “genius”, “mythic” and “pinnacle” thrown around in conversations about his winemaking abilities. Now his sons Noël and Jean-Claude continue to run the estate in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The average age of the vines, especially in the Grand Cru vineyards are about 60 years. There are areas, however that are planted with younger vines, but in a strict regimen, fruit from vines under 18 years old is excluded from the Domain’s cuvees. Yields are kept extremely low, and the wines are vinified using traditional techniques. The wines are aged on their lees (With all the seeds and pulp from pressing) in varying proportions of new oak depending on the wine between 12 and 15 months.

“The wine is perfumed, infused with tones of licorice and spice over expressions of black cherry and cassis. With cellaring time, its silky structure will express itself at best and its nimble balance makes it enjoyable at a young age. It is one of the pride of the Domaine, which Noel Ramonet often calls it the “Ramonet- Conti”. Vines were planted in 1957.”

 

The nose is powerful, intense, with aromas of ripe black fruits, blackcurrant, blueberry, slightly liquorice. Some woody notes testify to a perfectly integrated breeding. In the palate the suppleness and the generosity of this cru deceive the most demanding palates. The finish is long, evoking an aromatic complex but already expressive. -Winery notes

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Vintage 2014

The 2014 vintage in Burgundy was a very complicated one, although less so than those in 2013, 2012 and 2011, which featured dramatic crop shortages due to shatter, bad fruit sets and hailstorms.

In 2014, there were two problems which resulted in crop loss: hail in the Côte de Beaune, especially inMeursault; and poor flowering in some of the hillside vineyards of Puligny and Meursault.

The winter temperatures were above average with only 4 days the entire winter below freezing. Rain amounts during the winter months were way above normal in January and February but below average for March and April. Temperatures in March and April were above normal but not extreme. May was slightly below normal both in temperature and rainfall.

June was also dry with below average rainfall (.2 inches of rain fell on the 4th, and .67 incheson the 12th), so flowering was much more uniform than in past years. There was no crop loss or rot. Flowering began in early June. By June 6th, flowering was 50% completed and almost entirely overby the 13th. June 6th until the 21st was the warmest stretch of the summer, with temperatures above86 degrees from the 7th to the 13th. On June 28th, the communes of Meursault, Pommard, Volnay and Savigny were hit twice by a devastating hail storm. These same communes had also suffered hail damagein the 3 preceding years.

July and August were unseasonably cool months. There was 65% more rain than the average.There were only 2 days in July with temps above 86o, the highest temps for the remainder of the summer and fall. From August 11th to September, temperatures never rose above 78 and mostly stayed around 72 for the high. It rained quite often in early August. There were no downpours, but it was always grey and damp. Because of the cool weather, the acids were maintained and since it was not too wet, there were few problems with mildew and odium as there had been in 2013.

September was quite dry. A small amount of rain fell on the 9th, 1.02 inches of rain on the 18th,and finally .39 inches on the 19th. Some growers started harvesting around the 11th of September andhad to hurry to get the grapes in before the rain on the 18th.

The 2014 vintage has similar acid levels to the 2013s, which were high. Because the acids in the2014s were 50% malic and 50% tartaric, the resulting wines are richer and more concentrated than the2013s. Natural alcohols were about a half a percent higher than the 2013s. Because of the high levels of tartaric and the less ripe grapes in 2013, it is a vintage of soil expression with lots of precision. 2014

is more of an expression of grapes with lots of juicy, concentrated acidity, refreshing with great bodyand balance. I really enjoyed tasting the wines. The malos had finished because the winter was so warm,therefore the wines were quite easy to taste and advanced, totally the opposite of 2013. The quality was much more heterogeneous than 2013, and quality should be quite high across the board.

It disturbs me that some growers are so concerned with premature oxidation that they will harvest slightly underripe grapes in order to keep the acids, and will add a lot of sulphur. Because the wine lacks alcohol, they will compensate by adding sugar, stirring the lees and using new oak. This is ridiculous – you cannot make wine because you’re concerned about those who want hold the wine for 10 years, and leave consumers who want to drink wines young with acidic, mineral, sour wine. I hope this is only a phase.

I would like to put 2014 in perspective in relation to the previous vintages:

2013 – Mineral, citric-lemon acids with salt and earth and lots of stony terroir.
2012 – More a vintage style with concentration because of the low yields. Good acids but not at all racy. 2011 – A year of the fruit, somewhat like 2014, but without the density. With texture, but not tremendous length on the palate.
2010 – A great year with perfect balance.
2009 – The last year of the sun, with high alcohol and very ripe wines with high pH and low acidity.

What’s lovely about the 2014s is that, along with its lush fruit, there are racy acids and the expression of terroir, too. It’s rare to get such high levels of acidity with so much concentration, and it’snot because of the crop size, but more a reflection of the sunlight hours, which were high without theheat. This allowed the grapes to ripen, and the cool days and nights in August kept the high acids. The fact that there was a lot of wind in September, combined with sunny days and very little rain, made for a perfect harvest window. Even those growers who waited out the few rainstorms in and around the 18thof September were able to let the vineyards dry out and finish their harvest. I am also excited that 2014should be seen as a vintage that is consumer friendly, with its up front fruit and concentration, and also one for purists where the vineyards’ intrinsic character is present, too. It is commercial, yet profound.

I wanted to briefly talk about pricing for 2014s. Given the tiny crops for white Burgundies in2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, you might expect some big price increases. However, the growers have beenreasonable with 2014s, mostly keeping pricing the same, with the maximum increase being 10% at one domaine and 0-5% from all my other growers.

By Clive Coates MW

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Yellow and Bright

flavors

Toasty, Citrus and Spice

nose

Youthful, Fresh and Refined

taste

Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Focused, Fresh, Vivid and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

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Origin

Beaune, Burgundy

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