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2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet La Morgeot Premier Cru Blanc
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- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Arguably the star of the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean-Claude Ramonet is the third generation to have run this truly great estate; carrying on a great reputation, rather than building or re-building. Fruit from vines under 18 years old is excluded from the domaine's cuvées, and yields are severely restricted. The wines are vinified using traditional methods and then aged in oak (33% new) for 12-15 months. The Montrachet is aged in 100% new oak. There is no battonage but there is extended lees contact prior to the first racking.
The 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot is one of the least forthcoming wines in the cellar this year, and it will need a few years in the cellar to lose some of its baby fat. Its deep but reticent nose opens in the glass, revealing notes of pear, stone fruit and a touch of hazelnut—the prelude to a concentrated, foursquare and full-bodied wine with chewy extract and impressive depth. Classic Morgeot.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Feb 2018)
Initially this was fairly strongly reduced and evidenced a moderately bitter finish. With 24 hours of air though most of the reduction lifts to reveal markedly ripe yet reasonably fresh aromas of resin, petrol and various white orchard fruit nuances. There is fine density to the juicy and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that offer good richness thanks to the abundant dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the noticeably warm finish. Interestingly the lemon zest bitterness does lift to a degree though not completely and overall, I would describe this as a wine with certain interesting attributes but also a somewhat disjointed aspect. Whether this will harmonize sufficiently with age to merit a higher rating is frankly an open question but I have my doubts.
Allen Meadows - Burghound