2018 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Boudriottes Blanc

What a nose. So peaceful. Beautifully balanced. Golden fruits. Good mineral presence too. This reminds me a little of Raveneau Chablis on the nose. Just a hint of that sexy reduction. The wine is concentrated on the palate. Crystalline. Golden fruited. Finishing with a great flourish of minerals. Many diss the 2018s but there are gems. This is one to me. Wonderful. Wow!


I’ve got a bottle of the Morgeot queued up. Let’s do lunch soon!


Can’t go wrong with any Ramonet. Did this young bottle have a mint flavor in its freshness?

Not a lot of mint but it is still there.

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Peaceful is a great descriptor for Ramonet whites Don.

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Last vintage I saw before the price explosion. Happy to have a couple bottles.

Agree, what on earth is up with the 2020 release pricing? I’ve seen several offers for Chassagne 1ere crus from $400-550 USD. I’m sure they are nice, but having had previous renditions of these wines, that is not at all worth it to me.

To the OP and Jeremy, I’ve tasted the 18 Boudriottes a couple times and it has been just lovely. Peaceful is a great descriptor. Like soft raindrops on a cool afternoon. I noted mint on the 2012 Boudriottes, but not the 2018 (nor any other 2018s 1eres to date).


With Raveneau and Roulot 1er crus even higher, it just seems like the next shoe to drop.

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18 puligny ensignieres had some of the trademark mint (though not a 1er). It was very good. The morgeot had more noticeable oak than I remember any ramonet having, and I had a hard time getting past that. Will revisit in a few years.

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The story about the “mint” signature is supposedly that a few mint leaves were added at fining (it was quite common for producers do things like this back in the day, we could get into a long digression on the subject). But that is not something anyone is doing today. Some oak barrels can contribute a slightly menthol/mint-like quality, but that is far from the monopoly of any particular producer.


I heard another explanation, that it had to do with a particular type of filter used at Ramonet to filter the wines.

I love these types of stories … apocryphal or not.

I’m a big Ramonet fan but I have to make a confession. I never pick up that mint note. :flushed:

But I have a palate of a yak!

I think this is just someone misunderstanding the explanation regarding fining.

can’t find where I read the filter thing. Thought Remington Norman but no. Looked on Ramonet web site—they have listed one of their wines as Clos des Caillerets even though it is Clos du Cailleret but no helpful information. Threw out my Coates books, old Advocates, Tanzer mags long ago. I believe William but I know I read an alternative explanation.

If filter pads/cartridges made wines taste of mint, you would taste a lot more minty white Burgundy…

yes, and I always wondered re that but the notation was that it was a particular filter . . . equally hard to imagine père Ramonet stirring mint leaves into his whites—Syrah in the reds, yes, but mint?

As I say, most likely someone with only mediocre French comprehension (technical terms, strong accents) heard the fining explanation and mangled it in translation.

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