The famous domaine, according to some
authorities, is the home of Burgundy's greatest genius, Andre Ramonet.
Half of the 34 acre domaine is white, including immaculately made
Batard and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, a delicate and racy Chassagne
Montrachet Premier Cru Les Ruchottes, and excellent Chassagne "Villages".
Their red wines are less famous but remarkably fine.
As Andre Ramonet nears retirement,
his two sons, Noel and Jean-Claude, are taking over more of the
From Making Sense of Burgundy
by Matt Kramer:
Domaine Ramonet - The undisputed master
of Chassagne-Montrachet. Although Ramonet is best known for white
wines—and rightly so—this producer's red Clos Saint-Jean is superb
wine with eye-opening depth and character, as is the red Clos de
la Boudriotte. Among the whites, the commune-level Chassagne puts
to shame most premier cru bottlings. The Ramonet whites seem to
have an almost resinous character, so intense is the fruit. The
white Morgeot is an exercise in sophisticated excess. Who says that
you can't have too much of a good thing? Also, elegant, greacful
Ruchottes and Caillerets. This producer's Chassagnes are the wines
against which the others are judged.
If there's a flaw it's that Ramonet
was famously reluctant to bottle his wines, with the result that
the American importer (Seagram Chateau & Estate) had to haul
off barrels to a négociant (Maison Noirot-Carriere) to get some
of them bottled, while Ramonet waited until he got around to do
his own bottling. The domaine bottled versions are significantly
superior. This problem seems to have ended, perhaps because Andre
Ramonet (son of Pierre, who is in fading health at eighty-five)
has turned over more of the winemaking responsibilities to his sons
Jean-Claude and Noel.
Kramer regarding Ramonet Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet…
Domaine Ramonet—The master of Bienvenues.
Ramonet's Bienvenues is superior to the majority of Montrachets
and Batard Montrachets. That's how intense and concentrated is this
wine. How does Ramonet do it? The wine has an amazing resinous scent
that blossoms early in the wine's life. For once, it's not infanticide
to drink a wine when it is, say, just five years old.