Oh how I love Chassagne Rouge. I don’t know why it strikes the right notes for me.
Tonight it is a 2017 JC Ramonet Chassagne Rouge Boudriotte. After a little decant, this just oozes bright berry notes. Firm mineral on the palate and so precise on the mid palate. The finish is clean. Close to my favorite which is the 2017 JC Ramonet Chassagne Clos St Jean which is absolute magic and aromatically my absolute favorite Chassagne Rouge from my 2017 collection.
I often pick this over any of my other wines. So satisfying. Precise. The epitome of Burgundy in many ways.
Below is my TN on a lovely 1998 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet I enjoyed a few months ago. If you like, you can add ageability to your list of praiseworthy attributed IMO, thanks:
Such a fascinating Bastille Day treat, served alongside (and really outshining) the much better known Ramonet Blanc from the same vintage. Obscure enough that mine is apparently the first and only TN on CellarTracker. A wine more about the aromatics than anything else, with a complex and evolving array of perfumed, spiced and smoky notes. I detected tar, licorice and even some black pepper, likely would have called it Nebbiolo had I been blinded. The wine itself somewhat lacked concentration, presumably a reflection of the vintage, but it did evidence impressive structure and tannins, leading us to credit presumed stem-inclusion (but I don’t have actual insight on the winemaking).
I’m 100% on this train! Adore cm rouge. Everything I want not just in a red burg but in a red wine in general. Hopefully, stephen williams will be along shortly to remind me of the 1950s village cm rouge and the 90s Ramonet cm rouges that he so generously shared with me a few years ago.
My tasting note (given that the wine is very far from being on the market, I can’t think any of our subscribers will object to my sharing pre-publication teaser):
A magical bottle at the peak of its powers, Ramonet’s 1979 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte bursts with aromas of peonies, spices, orange rind, red berries, musk and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, its fleshy core of fruit is framed by melting tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a sapid, expansive finish.
I don’t know what’s planted there but I would speculate the selections of Pinot Noir are quite interesting, given the recurring perfumed quality the wines reliably display!
I was disappointed with Lamy Saint Aubin Derrière Chez Edouard Rouge 2010. The wine was not very expensive when released, i.e. maybe $35/btl retail, as Lamy reds were not being heralded like the whites. The fruit did not seem to stand up to the oak, was not very refined, and I did not sense the wine would achieve harmony. Have you tasted this wine, and, if so, what are your thoughts?