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    151
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    2
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Sea Scallop and Passion Fruit Carpaccio

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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.

 

 

 

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Score: 98
Tasted: Oct 15, 2018
Drink: 2030+
Note: from a .26 ha parcel in Puligny
Producer note: There has been an important change in the operations of this storied domaine as Noël Ramonet has withdrawn, ostensibly because of succession planning. The vineyards remain with the domaine however and I was told that Noël is still farming them and then selling the fruit to Jean-Claude. As a practical matter not much has changed as Jean-Claude was essentially in charge for several years now. This has also resulted in a change of names as the domaine is now called Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet. We will see if this portends other changes going forward but I seriously doubt that there will be anything major. Note that all Ramonet wines carry the appellation on the capsule and the corks, plus the corks carry the vintage indication on the top, bottom and side. 


Tasting note: Even with extended aeration the nose remains restrained but it is wonderfully complex as it combines notes of moderate amounts of oak, acacia blossom, lemon zest and a pretty array of spice elements. The exquisitely textured broad-shouldered flavors possess seemingly endless levels of underlying material that impart a sappy mouth feel to the powerful, concentrated and hugely persistent finish that reflects the same superb complexity as the nose. If one wanted to pick just a little, there is a hint of warmth but overall, this is seriously impressive
 

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Beaune, Burgundy

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