French authorities created the Bourgogne Aligoté appellation in 1937 which effectively banished the grape from other regions. This grape requires low yields and very ripe grapes in order to develop complexity and character beyond simple tartness. Thanks to global warming and some other factors, Aligoté has received a boost is recent years.
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 minerality remains very much present, despite the wine's richness and depth. Lemon zest, white flowers and crushed rocks form the backbone. Slate and white peaches are some of the nuances that linger on the finish. This is yet another example of their talent and inspiration.