Sweet Spot: 2011 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Posted by Ian McFadden

Sweet Spot - Insider Ramonet
2011 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet
1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Last week we offered Ramonet's '11s Boudriottes and Morgeot. They sold out quickly and we were left scrambling to find more.

It was no surprise.

Ramonet, along with Leflaive and Coche-Dury, has long stood as the holy trinity of White Burgundy. Every time we offer the wines out, the response reminds us of the extent of Ramonet's renown.

Ruchottes has been my go-to bottle from the Ramonet stable for some time. It's an insider's bottling that can stand toe-to-toe with many Grand Crus.

This is a bottle that's been a secret of collectors for some time. I've been a beneficiary of their wisdom many times. Ruchottes ages amazingly well. I've had great bottles at 20 years old. Not long ago, Burghound reported on a beautiful bottle of 1978 Ruchottes.

Ramonet's '11s are really strong - they are some of the best we've seen from him in the past decade. They rival his '07s and '08s.

While the Grand Crus are blue-chip wines worth the investment, if you can find them, from a quality-to-price standpoint, the Ruchottes is the sweet-spot wine. Ruchottes is dense, tactile; a wine slick with Ramonet's signature mint-tinged green fruit and a chiseled minerality.

Ruchottes is a special wine. One of the most interesting things is that while it can age in the most serious ways it also drinks well only after a handful of years in bottle - you get the drinking window of both a 1er Cru and a Grand Cru.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits