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.
Bourgogne Passetoutgrains is a lovely wine with well-defined aromas and precise red fruit flavours that nicely match its accessible personality. Sweet floral notes are intermingled with juicy berries in this feminine, tasty red.