We received a massive response on this wine, which sold out the same day. We went back and got as much as possible to reoffer it to those that missed out or wanted a bit more—an incredible buy made by Anne Ramonet; this is highly recommended and a fantastic value for the category.
Our first offer from this Macon-based estate with fascinating roots, Domaine de la Tour Penet, was founded by Anne Ramonet in 2014, the now ex-wife of Jean Claude Ramonet, of the famed Domaine Ramonet in Chassagne-Montrachet. She is also the mother of Anne Francois and Clarisse Ramonet, who are currently working with their father at Domaine Ramonet. With a lineage like this, it is almost certain that these are some of the finest wines in Macon, and this Vieilles Vignes comes from over 80 years old vines. The fruit here is of very high quality and concentration, and Anne has chosen to vinify in barrel, which adds another layer to this wine. This goes against the norm of Macon and is an incredibly deep, focused, and complex example that ranks among the very best of the region and is a cut above Jean-Claude Ramonet's Mâcon-Péronne at half the price. John Gilman says this is one of the finest examples of the region, and this would certainly fit right into the Ramonet lineup if it had a different label, but we are glad it doesn't because that means we get to enjoy a high-quality wine at an affordable price. This is a serious example and a great insider buy for White Burgundy that comes highly recommended.