Domaine Ramonet is acknowledged as one of the greatest of the white Burgundy estates in Côte de Beaune, from their superb Chassagne-Montrachet Villages and Premiers Crus to masterpiece Grands Crus, although owners, brothers Noël and Jean-Claude Ramonet also produce some remarkable reds.
Pierre (Père) Ramonet arrived in Burgundy in the late 1920s with little to his name but started to buy and vinify grapes. At the time, the land value was much lower than today and Pierre was able to accumulate various vineyard plots around the village of Chassagne-Montrachet – the first of which was in the Ruchottes (Grandes Ruchottes) vineyard in 1934 – with which he made his name.
The initial recognition of the domaine has been accredited to founder of wine publication “Revue de Vin de France”, Raymond Baudoin, who presented Pierre’s wines at a tasting in Beaune and led to global popularity – primarily in USA. Pierre was a “man of the soil” and the conclusion of his life’s dedication to the vineyards of Burgundy was when he walked into a lawyer’s office in 1978 and bought a plot of Montrachet, which was by then considered the finest white wine vineyard in the world. This was the beginning of the Domaine’s most famous wine, Ramonet Montrachet. Pierre passed the baton to his son, André and subsequently his grandchildren, Noël and Jean-Claude, who have tended the family vineyards since 1984.
Domaine Ramonet now produces 24 Appellation wines from 40 Acres located primarily near the hamlets of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune region in Burgundy. Parcels of vineyards were progressively acquired since the first acquisition in 1934, the most recent being Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise.
Domaine Ramonet is Alex's favourite white wine producer in the world.