When I was at Oxford I could not resist buying Ramonet wines, I bloody loved them. I was always a bit surprised that none of my chums really found the wines to be as exciting as I did. I think this is quite exciting.
[image image_id=”2053″ align=”left”] Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Ruchottes 2001, Domaine Ramonet
It doesn’t smell oxidised, hooray! It has the correct Chassagne flat Champagne aroma, but also lots of nuts, butter and lemony fruit. Its creamy minerality is really compelling. There are hints of oak, but it is really sophisticated and integrated. This is a stylish nose which is really doing it for me. The palate has quite a lot of density and weight, but there is a lot of good acidity here and a really powerful mineral tang so this doesn’t seem over-blown. It has a really pleasing texture and the concentrated lemon fruit and minerality persist for a long time on the finish. It is hellishly complex. I always like the acid/fruit balance in Ramonet wines, even when they are big and bold this harmony keeps them vibrant and enjoyable. This is Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru of ‘limpid pool of radiance’-quality which you should be drinking now. Pop a bottle with your Christmas goose.