Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Clos St Jean Rouge 1er Cru 2012
One of the superstars of Burgundy, Domaine Ramonet produces a scintillating range of wines across their portfolio from their village Chassagne-Montrachet to the stellar Grand Crus of Chevalier-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet and Le Montrachet itself. Plenty of solids and very little new oak apart from the Le Montrachet lead to solid, textured wines that sing of their appellations and the soil from which they spring. What Domaine de la Romanée Conti is to red Burgundy, Domaine Ramonet is to white Burgundy, with profound, finely constructed wines of incredible concentration and grace. Seemingly tightly-bound in their youth the wines of Ramonet blossom into some of the finest examples of white Burgundy with time in the cellar.
Initially this opens with noticeable reduction though it doesn't persist as long as the wine is well-aerated. After the funk dissipates the nose reveals bright aromas of red cherry, raspberry and soft nuances of pepper and earth. The light weight flavors are supple and round with reasonably good energy that carries the acceptably long and complex finish. As is often the case with this wine it's light but pretty and could easily be enjoyed now though a few years of bottle age should help to add depth. Score: 87 Points; Tasted: April 2015; Drink: 2018+; Issue: 58; Allen Meadows - Burghound
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