Domaine Ramonet and Coche-Dury are two of the most prestigious producers from the Burgundy region of France, making bespoke, beautiful wines – which are sometimes hard to get hold of.
We are very excited to have a brand new parcel of Ramonets from 2018, and are giving you a rare chance to collect some of these great wines - not only that, you can claim a discount as well.
Just enter the code 'Coche Ramonet' when you check out your basket, and this will get you 5% off any white wine from Ramonet or Coche Dury when you buy a red from Coche Dury at the same time. The offer includes any Ramonets, not just the new 2018 parcel.
How did Ramonet become one of the great wineries of Burgundy?
Ramonet is the most prestigious property in Chassagne, in the Côte-d'Or department of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Established in the 1920s by Pierre Ramonet, the domaine is now run by his grandsons Noël Ramonet and his brother Jean-Claude.
Pierre left school at the age of eight to help his father in the vineyard. He made the estate famous by distributing his wines to the best French restaurants of the time, as well as the growing US market, taking advantage of the abolition of prohibition by selling to US importer Frank Schoonmaker. His first purchase of a vineyard was that of Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Ruchottes, at the beginning of 1930. In 1978 Pierre bought just over 0.25Ha, enough to make around four and a half barrels of Le Montrachet, the most beautiful white wine vineyards in the world. More or less from scratch, he built one of the most beautiful white wine domains in Burgundy.
Pierre Ramonet died in 1994 at the age of 88, but his grandsons Noël and Jean-Claude have continued to grow the domaine’s reputation since 1984. They keep improving the yields thanks to new modern technics. The whites are incredibly rich and with a great depth, while the reds are extremely delicate. Slowly but surely the Domaine Ramonet began to expand. It now owns vineyards in seven Chassagne premier cru, and most of these were acquired in the 1940s and 1950s. The total plot now is 17 hectares of mostly first-rate Chassagne-Montrachet vineyards, plus a little of three grands crus in Puligny, which makes for a fantastic array of wines. The winemaking is responsive to the weather conditions but usually results in wines that have an explosive concentration and breadth.
In theory Noël is responsible in the cellar and his brother Jean-Claude in the vineyard. But it actually appears to be a joint effort. Today the Domaine bears the name of Jean-Claude due to recent divisions of the property.
All the fruit comes from vines over 18 years old, and yields are severely restricted. The wines are vinified using traditional methods and then aged in oak (33% new) for 12-15 months. There is no battonage but there is extended lees contact prior to the first racking.
The red wines are partially de-stemmed, cold soaked for a few days, then vinified in concrete tanks. They macerate for 10 days, and a third is placed in new oak barrels for a year, then lightly filtered. Unusually the Ramonets do not allow the coarse lees to stabilise before the fermentation of the white wine, because they fear that these coarse lees could contaminate the wine. Fermentations begin in the tank, continue in wood, and the finished wine is kept on the lees as long as possible before the first racking. A second racking takes place after a year or 15 months. White wines, like reds, are lightly filtered.
Here is our selection of our exciting new parcel of Ramonet wines from 2018, plus one old favourite:
Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Grand Cru 2015, £2,100.00
Hallmark power and richness of Batard Montrachet, but a discreet blend of fruit, minerals and oak. Creamy richness with lovely sleek mineral balance. Lovely crisp first nose. Toasted bread, honeysuckle, hint of lily, lots of lemon oil appears. Good integration of oak and subtle vanilla. Swift and spicy attack with very nice acidity considering the ripe fruit. Plenty of stone fruit with tropical hints that remain near the side of restraint. Very impressive Grand Cru density. Rich spice gives a further sense of opulence, but minerality and acidity are clear and present. Plenty of minerality, it is a big wine but still possesses the usual Ramonet elegance. Length is superb, silky texture and mouthfeel. Thrilling intensity and length. A brilliant wine.
Domaine Ramonet, Bourgogne Blanc, 2018, £45.00
Well-judged oak, ripe stone fruit but definitely not overripe and no lack of acidity. Very nice nose with excellent oak. Fresh. Nice fruit (pear, lychees and a bit of peach) and spearmint. Quite fresh and with a good acidity. Still young and (therefore) lively. Best to drink cold, with shellfish and soft cheese.
Domaine Ramonet, Bourgogne Rouge, 2018, £38.00
Juicy, with red berry and cherry, and with very fine tannins. Elegant and expressive on the nose, emphasizing fresh strawberries and notes of raspberries. At the finish soft touches of rose petals with cedar and snuff. An elegant wine with a delicate palate of fruit flavours. The acidity is fresh thanks to its fruit that maintains a good balance between the components of the wine. Highlighted by fresh notes of raspberries and black cherries.
Domaine Ramonet, Bouzeron Aligote, 2018, £38.00
Straw yellow colour, with white flower and mineral aromas on the nose. This is a fine, elegant wine with buttery, citrus notes and a seriously lingering finish. Lovely freshness, elegant texture on the palate with delicate notes of exotic fruit. Aromas of green apples, white flowers and freshly baked bread, medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent, with lively acids. Serve as an appetizer, with pasta dishes, pizza, white meat with spices.
Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Rouge, 2018, £63
Cherry and berry flavours, sweet spice, a little polished oak underpin touches of toast. In the mouth it has medium plus intensity, fruit flavours with an alcohol note. Primary fruit-driven. Good acidity, jammy dark fruit flavours, tannins linger and leaves a dryness on the palate with the first glass. Opens up after about an hour in the bottle and the fruit dominates. This will age well. Light-bodied and intense, with a long finish. Drink now through 2027.
Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Ruchottes, 2018, Magnum, £315.00
Light golden colour with intense nose of flowers and candied lemon. Finesse, with long finish with floral and gingerbread notes. Aromas of yellow apple, green pear, lemon, toasted nuts and honeycomb. Rich and fleshy.
Domaine Ramonet, Bienvenues Batard Montrachet, 2018, £600
Buttery and complex. Fresh, clean with some bright honey touches and delicate floral notes. Very concentrated palate with a creaminess and terrific mineral character. Power of white fruit shows the weight of grand cru. Concentrated. Peach, pastry, vanilla and lemon flavours. Best from 2021.
Domaine Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Boudriotte, 2018,
Nose of clear honey, white flowers, fresh peach and pear. On the palate, medium to full-bodied, satiny and elegant, with an expressive core of fruit, succulent acids and a long, perfumed finish. This is a beautifully balanced, charming Boudriotte that will drink well young but also reward bottle ageing.
Coche-Dury: ‘one of the best winemakers on earth’
Robert Parker describes Jean-François Coche-Dury as "one of the greatest winemakers on planet earth". He retired in 2010 but his son Raphael, who has been working alongside his father since 2003, continues the work. There have been some changes, the vineyards are now all ploughed, and a pneumatic press has been ordered to work alongside the old mechanical Vaslin.
This is arguably the most sought-after of all white Burgundy domaines. Jean François Coche-Dury's reds are beautiful, perfumed wines as well, offering great value for money, especially with our discount - 'Coche Ramonet' entitles you to 5% off any white wine from Coche Dury when you buy a red from Coche Dury at the same time.
These are exceptionally intense, powerful wines. They are full-bodied but never cloying, with the concentrated fruit always being underpinned by crisp and balanced acidity.
The wines are firmly crushed before pressing, which is the Coche-Dury style, then fermented and matured in barrels using a relatively low percentage of new wood, not exceeding 25% except for the very top wines. The whites are racked in July, when the barrels of a given cuvée are blended, then returned to cask for a second winter, being bottled cask by cask in April of their second year.
Here’s our pick of Coche Dury reds to help you claim your 5% off:
Coche Dury Monthelie 2017, £165
Beautiful young light styled red burgundy, gently spiced with cherry notes and some tobacco on the finish, with some depth. The nose shows a fair amount of very expensive oak. There's some polished red fruit as well, the palate is light, but shows a good concentration. Perfect with beef, venison or poultry.
Coche Dury Bourgogne Rouge 2012, £175
A rich colour, purple with ruby highlights. On the nose, the bouquet opens on a basket of red and black berries (strawberry, cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry). Very lively on the palate, structured, the back supple and round. Lots of flesh.
Coche Dury Bourgogne Rouge 2011, £160
Crisp briar and raspberry-scented bouquet. The palate is smooth and silky, with fine tannins, a fine acidity and a refined finish. Ripe and expressive nose of dark berries, plum and cassis leads to earthy and solidly well-concentrated flavours, all wrapped in a rustic but delicious finish. Ready to drink now.
Coche Dury Auxey Duresses 2012, £150
Lots of ripe fruit here - a red fruit basket integrated with some earth and floral undertones. Intense floral aromatics. Perfect accompaniment to turkey, soft cheese, white rice, pasta.