Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet is a special vineyard producing an intriguing wine that occasionally can give Bâtard-Montrachet a run for its money. Yet often it frustrates our high expectations.
This is, however, not the case with Domaine Ramonet Bienvenues-Bâtard. Almost every time I’ve tasted the wine it delights my palate with hedonistic joy. This is a top wine almost matching the Bâtard.
So let’s take a look at the Ramonet Bienvenues-Bâtard and unlock its secrets.
The nature of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
The Ramonet Bienvenues is always a delight, and has a hedonistic feeling that is in line with the best cuvées from this fine domaine.
I have some special favourites from Ramonet – Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets (the old cuvée), Bâtard-Montrachet, of course the regal Montrachet, but then also the Bienvenues-Bâtard. All these give me a hedonistic kick.
In a sense, the Ramonet domaine is lucky not to produce a mighty Puligny Pucelles that would be compared to the Bienvenues. That said, the domaine’s Bienvenues is very close quality-wise to its Bâtard.
At Domaine Leflaive, for example, the Bâtard and the Chevalier-Montrachet are surer bets than the Bienvenues. At Ramonet, the Bâtard and the Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet are closer, much closer, in quality (and its Chevalier is impossible to find).
Bienvenues as an appellation was created relatively late – finalized in 1939, and apparently still a debatable cru in the 1970s (see the full story of Bienvenues here).
Perhaps Bienvenues should not be explained or understood. This is the beauty of the emotion one feels from Domaine Ramonet’s version: One just drinks it like there is no tomorrow, and with no regrets either.
The Domaine Ramonet plots in Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montachet
Domaine Ramonet is the fourth-largest owner of Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, with a 0.4508-ha parcel located in the southern part of the vineyard encompassing two cadastre plots – 17 and 123.
Pierre Ramonet acquired the plots in 1957 from Henri Coquet – alongside with plots in Bâtard-Montrachet. The Ramonet – then Ramonet-Prudhon – acquired 1.5 ha in total with Bachelet-Ramonet – owned by the sister of Pierre and her husband 6.
The best Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet I have ever tasted (as far as I can recall) is the Ramonet 2010, tasted in 2015 … bless me with more, please.
Domaine Ramonet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2010
The Bienvenues 2010 from Ramonet is a magnificent wine, although it doesn’t quite match the Bâtard 2010. The bouquet is crammed with orchard fruits, white peach, acacia, and apple, underscored by delightfully refined, focusing minerality. On the palate, it’s intense and airy; ripe fruit with a filigreed, refined backbone of minerality and acidity. It’s perfectly balanced and very refined, with excellent concentration and length. An absolutely gorgeous wine – Domaine Ramonet did well in 2010.
(Drink From 2022) – Outstanding (95p) – Tasted 19/03/2015
Yes: This was actually very close to being on a par with the magnificent Ramonet Batard 2010.
References & Sources:
- Jules Lavalle, Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or (1855)
- Batault-Morot, E. Plan statistique des vignobles produisant les grands vins de Bourgogne. (1861)
- M.R. Danguy et M. Ch. Aubertin, Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne (1892)
- Camille Rodier, Le Vin de Bourgogne (1920)
- Clive Coates, Cote D’Or (1997)
- Khiem Lé, Patrimone extraordinaire de Vignobles de Bourgogne (2016)