"Often one hears among Burgundy enthusiasts, the great white Burgundy surpasses the red. Domaine Ramonet is undoubtedly the best producer from Chassagne-Montrachet, and with good reason one of the most fabled winemakers in Burgundy.
The domain was established in the late 1920s by Pierre Ramonet, who bought the first parcel of 1er CRU Clos unit Ruchottes in 1934. Shortly before the US had lifted Prohibition and Ramonet's Chassagne-Montrachet Clos unit Ruchottes was one of the first wines that Americans could taste. Quickly achieved the wines from Ramonet international recognition - something they still have to this day.
Over the years, Ramonet has continuously been lucky to buy land on Burgundy's best plots. In 1955, they acquired Ramonet plots of Grand Crus Batard- and Bienvenue-Batard Montrachet, while crowning glory came to the house in 1978 when they had the opportunity to acquire some of the world's most recognized plots for white wine: Le Montrachet.
Today the domain is driven by Noel and Jean-Claude Ramonet, who took over the domain in 1984 according to their highly respected grandfather Pierre. Old vines and low yields are the cornerstone of Ramonet's quality and is of the highest level. Ramonet's white Burgundy is for many the absolute top level - a level new winemakers strive to achieve.
Master of Wine Clive Coates has said of Domaine Ramonet: 'What Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is for red Burgundy is Ramonet similar for white Burgundy. It is without doubt the best Domaine Chassagne, who makes the most fabulous white Burgundy on all levels - from the Village of Grand Cru.'
One of the things that makes the wines from Ramonet so fascinating is that the style is completely unique, and it exists only at Domaine Ramonet. Rich, pure, concentrated, harmonious wines are just a few items that you will certainly be able to put several items on.
From 2014 there will be Jean-Claude Ramonet on the labels, due to a change in ownership. The wines are still made with the same care and love as always by the two brothers; Noel and Jean-Claude Ramonet.
A legendary and historic winery."
Tasting Note: Superb synthesis of vivacity and roundness. This gourmand wine is powerful, yet delicate, and offers citrus notes on the nose. Some nicely sustained minerality and strength on the palate.
Aligote is known as the "third" grape variety of Burgundy, a cousin of the more prestigious Chardonnay. DNA profiling has proven it to be a member of the wider Pinot family, of which Chardonnay is also a member. The variety is at its best in the wines of the regional Bourgogne Aligote appellation, and particularly in Bouzeron, in the northern Cote Chalonnaise. Aligote also has a key role in making Cremant de Bourgogne wines. Bouzeron is a small village in the Cote Chalonnaise sub-region of Burgundy. Wines produced from Aligote are generally dry in style, with floral and herbal notes, naturally enhanced by the variety’s high levels of acidity.