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Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Boudriotte 2012

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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Winemaker Notes

Light green in color. Aromas of rich citrus, butter and white fruits. It exhibits white/yellow orchard fruit flavors (peach) with tones of butterscotch on the finish. A crisp white, it is powerful and elegant, with steady tones of pastry and spice.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Tight and linear, this sleek white offers apple, floral, spice, lemon and toasted brioche notes, with fresh acidity reigning in the finish. There's ample richness around the edges for balance. Best from 2017 through 2025.
BH 91
Burghound.com
A discreet touch of wood sets off very pretty floral, pear, resin and discreet citrus aromas. There is good richness to the generously proportioned, textured and sappy middle weight flavors that possess not only fine depth but also excellent persistence on the balanced finish. This is slightly finer than it I usually find it and like the Morgeot it is one of the few wines in the range that could be approached young.
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Domaine Ramonet

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Domaine Ramonet in Chassagne has challenged the best for overall consistency and excellence of their white wines. This estate is regularly producers of remarkable wines at every level, from superb village Chassagnes to master piece grand crus. By Burgundian standards, this is not an old-established domaine, being no more than a third-generation parvenu. Vinyeards have been acquired gradtually since the first purchase in 1934, a parcel of Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Ruchottes. The most recent acquisitions were the Montrachet in 1978, some village Puligny-Montrachet in the lieu-dit of Nosroyes and the St Aubin 1er Cru Charmois.

Chassagne-Montrachet

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A Côte de Beaune village most famous for its beautifully textured and powerful whites, Chassagne-Montrachet reaches farthest south in the Côte d’Or, save for the village of Santenay. It has three Grand Cru vineyards, Le Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. Le Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet overlap with and are (confusingly) shared with the village of Puligny-Montrachet. But Chassagne-Montrachet bears sole ownership of the Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru.

The beauty doesn’t stop there as the village has a great many outstanding Premier Cru wines and village level wines. Most famous Premier Cru vineyards include Les Chenevottes, Clos de la Maltroie, En Cailleret and Les Ruchottes. Village level wines offer many lovely examples of what the village has to offer, but at more approachable price points and perhaps less demand of waiting.

The best sites in Chassagne-Montrachet soils are complex in sedimentary rock limestone and have less marl. Whites, which are by law composed of 100% Chardonnay (as in all classified white Burgundy from Côte d’Or), have steely power, bright and concentrated lemon, stone fruit and sometimes tropical fruit characteristics and a marked texture ranging from quite plush to an attractive, tactile and mineral feel.

There is some fine Pinot noir produced from the village. These wines tend to be high-toned and earthy with wild herb aromas and suave tannins.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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