Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet
Chassagne-Montrachet “Clos St. Jean”
1er Cru Red 750 ml
Tasted: Oct 11, 2017
Producer note: There has been an important change in the operations of this storied domaine as Noël Ramonet has withdrawn, ostensibly because of succession planning. The vineyards remain with the domaine however and I was told that Noël is still farming them and then selling the fruit to Jean-Claude. As a practical matter not much has changed as Jean-Claude was essentially in charge for several years now. This has also resulted in a change of names as the domaine is now called Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet. We will see if this portends other changes going forward but I seriously doubt that there will be anything major. Note that all Ramonet wines carry the appellation on the capsule and the corks, plus the corks carry the vintage indication on the top, bottom and side. (Terlato Wines International, www.terlatowines.com, IL, USA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, Farr Vintners, www.farrvintners.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, La Réserve and Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, all UK).
Tasting note: Initially this is quite fruity and high-toned though with 30+ minutes of air the nose begins to deepen as the earth, pepper and briar elements slowly emerge. The moderately lighter weight and supple flavors (though they are by no means dilute) possess a relatively refined mid-palate mouth feel that contrasts somewhat with a touch of rusticity that can be found on the lingering and solidly complex finish. This is one of those wines that does, in a manner of speaking, a full-on 180° reversal, as it’s almost simply and excessively fruity to begin with yet manages to transform into something altogether more serious with extended aeration.