Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet 2011

The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet from Domaine Ramonet is a beauty but not quite as extrovert sexy as the 1er cru Clos St. Jean. The nose is delightfully bursting with red berry fruit – cherries, raspberries and cherry stones – crisp and openly knit with a discrete hint of minerality. On the palate vibrant and forward … quite lightfooted … with a nice focusing minerality. A lovely fresh and forward pinot … delightful juice.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From Now) – Good (86p) – Tasted 07/03/2014

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2011

The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet 1er cru Clos St. Jean from Domaine Ramonet is a absolutely adorable wine. The nose is gorgeously expressive bursting with airy red berry fruit – cherries, cherry stones, some slight hints of strawberries infused with a crisp minerality. On the palate very vibrant and forward – harmonious with a nice weight for the appellation and vintage. Absolutely love the forward and charming fruit expression … this is indeed a happy wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good (88p) – Tasted 26/02/2014

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Domaine Ramonet, Batard Montrachet 2010

The Batard Montrachet 2010 from Domaine Ramonet is a true beauty. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruit, acacia and a delightful focusing minerality – so refined and pure. On the palate rich and quite intense fruit with a filigree and refined backbone of minerality and acidity. It’s perfectly balanced, transparent and airy woth excellent concentration and length. Perhaps not as weighty as the Batard from Leflaive … but the purity and refinement is delightful and very impressive. A absolutely gorgeous and stunning wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 18/12/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 2010

The Chassagne Les Caillerets 2010 from Ramonet is a truly gorgeous wine. In the bouquet lovely ripe yellow fruit with notes of pear, melon and a hint of anis. The finely grained stony minerality is adding to the complexity of the nose – very refined and a bit understated. On the palate very fine pure fruit, very good energy, finely focused and refined with a almost silky texture. The finish is long and refined with a delicate minerality and a playful acidity. A 2010 statement from Ramonet – Chassagne 1er cru doesn’t come much better than this.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 19/03/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Montrachet 2008

The Montrachet 2008 from Ramonet is one of the best white Burgundies I have ever tasted. The bouquet is very expressive with orchard fruits – acacia, pear and melon – spiced with hints of citrus and a very intense stony minerality. The palate is impressively harmonious with layers upon layers of intense pure virbrant fruit – the minerality is massively intense and the 2008 acidity is playful and nervy – adding to the complexity. The finish is immensely long and intense – and yet fresh and vibrant. A extraordinary white Burgundy – spizenklasse!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Extraordinary 97p – Tasted 19/03/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 2010

The Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 2010 from Ramonet is a beauty. In the nose fine complex notes of orchard fruits, citrus and citrus zest with a rather intense and robust minerality. On the palate very harmonious with a crisp and rich cool fruit – good balance and integration of fruit and the structuring elements. Rather accessible for a young Ramonet, with a lovely midpalate expression and a long mineralic finish. A lovely and quite refined Chassagne – with the typical robustness of the Morgeot terroir.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Fine+ 92p – Tasted 22/02/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Rouge 2010

I rarely drink red Chassagne – why? – I love a good red Chassagne-Montrachet but still they tend to get somewhat overlooked. The red Chassagnes often offers a lot of pinot pleasure – with a lovely expressive and charming fruit and a fine minerality. The generic Chassagne village 2010 from Ramonet is certainly no exception. The bouquet offers lovely crisp fruit with red cherries and strawberries – interlinked with a quite filigree stony minerality. It’s very forward and expressive. On the palate good concentration with a delightful balance. The fruit is cool and crisp … a joyful glass of pinot. Note – drink more red Chassagne.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Good 86p – Tasted 20/02/2013

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 2010

The Chassagne Les Caillerets 2010 from Ramonet is a truly beautiful effort. In the bouquet lovely ripe yellow fruit with notes of pear, melon – hints of acacia and anis. A lovely playful minerality and acidity is adding to the the complexity of the nose – very refined and a bit understated. On the palate very fine pure fruit, good energy, very focused and refined with a almost silky texture. The finish is long and lingering with a delicate minerality and a playful acidity – what a beautiful wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 24/10/2012

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Domaine Ramonet, Batard Montrachet 2006

The Batard Montrachet 2006 from Domaine Ramonet is a typical 2006 white Burgundy. In the bouquet very rich fruit with elements of pear, melon and Belle de Boskoop apples. On the palate rich fruit, quite sweet powerful and dense. The alcohol level is on the high side (14%) and this is showing in the finish clouding the otherwise fine minerality. A very fine effort for the vintage but the alcohol level is somewhat too high for my palate.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Fine 91p – Tasted 04/10/2012

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Domaine Ramonet, Bourgogne Blanc 2008

The 2008 Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Ramonet is slightly disappointing given the producer and vintage. In the nose apple with hints of melon and a slight minerality. On the palate good concentration and acidity. It’s well balanced but lacking some vibrancy and transparancy directly compared with Roulot Bourgogne Blanc 2010. The fruit is not as crisp and pure as in the Roulot wine. Very drinkable but not that impressive.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2014) Above Average+ – 84p

Tasted 05/09/2012

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Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers 2008

The 2008 lineup from Domaine Ramonet is in my view absolutely gorgeous, and the Chassagne 1er cru Les Vergers is no exception. The nose is slightly closed but showing fine ripe yellow fruits, loads of minerality, grapefruit and citrus notes. On the palate the fruit is somewhat closed, but elements of pear and a slight hint of peach is still appearing. The vibrant acidity and minerality really gives the wine good complexity and balance. Another tremendous 2008 from Ramonet.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) Fine – 92p

Tasted 22/03/2012

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Domaine Ramonet, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2009

The Bourgogne Blanc 2009 from Ramonet offered a bouquet with fine ripe fruit. Pear aromas was quite dominant with a slight peach note topped with a hint of chalk, flint and mint. On the palate quite fruity, with a lot of dense tropical flavors … finish with a hint of anis. Typical 2009 with limited acidity and quite heavy fruit. Still quite a good balance for a generic Bourgogne. Not a strong terroir driven wine, but a rather dense fruity chardonney – alcohol only 12,5% – well done!. Not a big wine for tasting but a pleasure to enjoy with food – and so we did! Bonnes appetit!

(Drink from 2013) Above Average – 81p

Tasted 25/11/2011

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Les Ruchottes 2007

The Chassagne Les Ruchottes 2007 from Ramonet was a true pleasure. The Bouquet was quite undevelloped, with a nice fresh and crisp fruit, a hint of mint and lemon aromas. Fine minerality while the oak was quite well absorbed in the fruit. On the palate fine balance between fruit and acidity – nice crisp freshness. Quite juicy fruit, good minerality and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. A very well balanced effort from Ramonet. Must say I’m getting more and more impressed by Domaine Ramonet – this is how a good white Burgundy should be – but rarely is!

(Drink from 2019) Fine – 92p

Tasted 15/11/2011

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Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot 2008

The Morgeot 2008 has a very charming but also discrete bouquet. Good minerality and a fine core of ripe fruit. On the palate very fine and ripe acidity, a wonderfull balance and harmony. Very good length with a good quite solid core of fruit. The fruit is balanced by a fine minerality and a ripe very refined acidity. The 2008 Ramonet collection is something special.

(From 2016) Very Fine – 93p

Tasted 02/08/2011 at Enomania

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!