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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 27 
TypeWhite
ProducerFrançois Raveneau (web)
VarietyChardonnay
Designationn/a
VineyardMontée de Tonnerre
CountryFrance
RegionBurgundy
SubRegionChablis
AppellationChablis 1er Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2025 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 39 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Totoro on 4/17/2015 & rated 92 points: pas pris de notes. Surement mon meilleur raveneau bu jusque là. Je me suis peut être laissé influencer par la réputation du millésimé. Quoi qu'il en soit, je n'ai pas encore gouté ses grands crus mais ça ne tardera pas ! (677 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 3/26/2015 & rated 88 points: Sydney Burgundy Celebration: Iconic Wineries (Blind): Mineral, spice, stonefruit and some light alcohol warmth on the nose. The palate shows more weight and ripeness than the mineral driven aromas - the balance is decent, but not great, with the density of the fruit really taking centre stage for now. The palate does has good texture and length and once revealed the intensity could be viewed as a classic trait of the winery style, but it didn't quite resonate with me as other bottles of Raveneau have in the past. (791 views)
 Tasted by llink on 3/18/2015 & rated 90 points: 10 Vintages of Raveneau's Montee de Tonnerre (Vin, Vino, Wine in Palo Alto, CA): 10 Vintages of Raveneau MdT 02 thru 12 (minus the 06), poured at a VVW sit down tasting.
My sixth place wine. This has a more meyer lemon note without any sea born fireworks. Very clean and crisp. The mouthfeel is also much lighter and very crisp and lemony with some drying citrus elements. Kind of a lightweight in the intensity department, this Chablis could have come from a number of producers not named Raveneau, well crafted but it does not have much of a wow factor. (819 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 3/15/2015 & rated 94 points: Wet stones, pear, yellow stone fruit , cold cream and flowers on the nose - quite delicate and subtle. Remarkably well balanced on the palate, fresh and saline with pure ripe fruit, steely, cool, slightly creamy. The finish is long and intense. A wonderful wine with good future. 93-95 (787 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 3/1/2015 & rated 89 points: Very clear, pale lemon.
Pleasant white flowers, honeysuckle, cottage cheese, lemon curd.
Soft, fleshy, pulpy ripe fruits, lemons and limes but not with any particular sharpness, acid is gentle, has some length but impression remains soft. Nice flavours but on a very gentle structure. (735 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 1/25/2015: Oh, this was just incredible. MdT in Rav can truly dance on GC level and this one did it. Mineral notes became cream which became subtle lime which bounced back to a structured elegant acidic spine with the mineral-like notes coiled around. This wine was all about dynamism. At tasting note is at best going to be a still shot that never captures the real essence of the beauty in change. (777 views)
 Tasted by salil on 4/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Opened and poured alongside the 2008 Butteaux. The contrast is compelling, this is all about lightness and finesse. There's the purity of fruit and vivid stony/chalky minerality I always find in Raveneau, but what really stands out here is just how delicate this feels on the palate with barely any sense of weight and yet great intensity and persistence. Absolutely stunning wine that's still very young, but incredibly compelling to drink now. (2109 views)
 Tasted by Michael Cohen on 4/14/2014 & rated 92 points: The color is bright light yellow-gold. On the nose the wine is cool and lean with white flowers and crushed seashells against the signature Raveneau aromatic backdrop. On the pallet the wine is tart and offers lemon curd that plays second-fiddle to a wash of fine white-rock minerality. Both this and the '08 Butteaux are on their way up and will become finer/sleeker with time. (1946 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 3/29/2014 & rated 94 points: From Magnum. This is very young at this stage and time will only help.
Loved the purity and elegance of this wine, focussed, steely, mineral and unadulterated by oak. Speaks of Chablis tipicity to the maximum. This is not a fat, ripe, oaky beast this is an expression of pure Chablis and we loved it especially in an age of adding oak for fashion even where its not needed. Very nice. (1822 views)
 Tasted by dzitt on 2/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Dégustation Raveneau (8 millésimes de Montée de Tonnerre et 3 de Chapelot):
Grande fraîcheur, certaine maturité de fruit, coquillage, pointe de champignon, mais en bouche, l’acidité y est et rend le vin très beau, même s’il parait jeune et un peu plus tendu que les autres de cette vague. 3e place dans cette vague. (MDT 08, 09 et 10 + Chapelot 10). (1950 views)
 Tasted by BobJohnson1 on 12/25/2013: Amazing. This wine rocks! (1858 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 12/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice fruit intensity and reasonable zip. Drinking well now, probably at its peak. (914 views)
 Tasted by salil on 11/30/2013 & rated 93 points: This is one of the lightest and most delicate wines I've ever had from Raveneau; there's a remarkably delicate touch on the palate and barely any sense of weight, yet it has great presence and intensity of flavour. Very pure lemon and pear fruit over a base of stony and steely elements, finishing long and savoury with great balance. (1765 views)
 Tasted by western on 11/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Light golden colour. Nose offers up citrus, white flowers, a hint of matchstick. Palate closed but striking intense mineral acidity. Long finish. (1177 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 10/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Young but lovely. Oily. Nice nose. Really nice. Hold 3+ years. (1363 views)
 Tasted by tsec1224 on 6/16/2013 & rated 90 points: White flowers, peach, citrus, apple, limestone, chalk. Crisp mineral, fresh lemon. Long finish. (1755 views)
 Tasted by Barry Rothof on 3/11/2013: RAVENEAU Tasting @ Restaurant De Eendracht (Rotterdam , Netherlands): Upon opening, this wine was devoid of colour and showed barely perceptible hints of citrus fruits on the nose. In the mouth it resembled dense acidic water and I made a mental note to doubly decant it later. Unfortunately I forgot, but seven hours on the core has intensified somewhat to medium-minus intense straw. The nose now also shows medium-minus intense, minerally derived notes of oyster shell and clay. This 2008 is similarly medium-bodied to its previous sibling and similarities do not end there, as it is indeed also very reticent; probably even more so. Medium-minus intense grapefruit flavours cannot quite balance its pronounced zippy acidity and despite similarly impressive levels of dry matter on the mid-palate, it comes across as somewhat austere. This coiled-up state never really lets up, but whatever precarious balance exists still lasts for 20-25 seconds on the finish. While presently even less approachable than the 2007, I suspect it is of similar quality. I’m afraid I have to recommend another “hands-off” however, since scoring it would be pointless. Another Hors Categorie it is, then ...... TN Mike de Lange (2488 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 11/28/2012 & rated 96 points: (at Au Trou Gascon – Paris) This is an unbelievable bottle of wine. Every time I taste it I am more convinced with the quality of this vineyard and this producer. Combines elegance and precision with richness and depth. Walks the tight rope with amazing aplomb. Great now after 30 minutes of air, it will age gracefully. Superb Chablis – a great vintage for this wine. (96) (2720 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 9/12/2012 & rated 95 points: (Le Villaret – Paris) Off the charts. Had with cheese - a glorious match. Citrus fruit and floral nuance matches perfectly with crisp acidity. Really enhanced the various cheeses. Drinking very well now (I was a bit surprised by this) but should continue to improve for many years. Loved it. A steal at less than 60 euro. (95) (3121 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 8/11/2012: A Little R&R--2008 Raveneau and Roulot (Arlequin Wines, San Francisco): Light yellow with some green. Herbal notes on nose and palate. Tart green apple, slightly fleshier than the Butteaux but no less acidity. Intense finish. Relatively undeveloped flavors. Clearly for the future. (3154 views)
 Tasted by StephenDavis on 7/21/2012 & rated 92 points: Had it along with the 2007 Raveneau AC Chablis. The 2007 AC was beautiful and surpassed the 2008 MDT. The 2008 MDT just needs time - it's not ready. I'll wait a couple of years before opening another bottle. (2364 views)
 Tasted by godx on 7/16/2012 & rated 92 points: France 2012 - Côte d'Or; 7/16/2012-7/21/2012 (Beaune): Drank at Caves Madeleine in Beaune. Classic Chablis nose with seashells, sea breeze, minerality and citrus. In the mouth its medium bodied with loads of sharp acidity. The fresh and razor like framework wraps the citrus and green apple flavours on the palate with its weighty and viscous, yet focused and chiseled profile. The finish is long and tart and while there are some lime notes on the nose, the palate is all lemon. Intense, hefty, chiseled and precise, this is a great example of the vintage. This is a baby but it’s offering up copious amounts of drinking pleasure at the moment. Can enjoy now or let it improve over the next 10+ years. Excellent. 92+ (2536 views)
 Tasted by wrrntl on 2/7/2012: The nose will undergo major evolution with time in the bottle and at this point is slightly "simple." However, the notes one associates with chablis (crushed rocks, lemon pith and zippy acidity) are there and the structure of Raveneau shows. The structure on the palate is significant but not nearly as imposing as I would have thought. While some oak notes come through, they will clearly integrate and lend a richness not the toasty, buttery mess I despise. 2008's have the acidity I love in chablis and this will be a delight in the future. I personally do not have any bottles but would love to see this in 10 years. (2273 views)
 Tasted by wrrntl on 2/7/2012 flawed bottle: Cork taint that barely showed initially but became more apparent in the bottom of the glass. (2349 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 2/7/2012 & rated 92 points: DC Crew's Gem Tasting - 3rd Annual (Palena - Washington, DC): This flight was such a great addition to the evening. I always love Raveneau, and even though these wines were young, they showed tremendous potential. The Montée de Tonnerre is everything I love about young Chablis, and the 2008 vintage in particular. Intoxicating aromas of lemon peel, green appled, limestone and fresh cream butter. The richness, intensity and freshness of the palate combine to form a lovely, balanced young wine. Fresh pear, whipped butter and lemon zest flavors line up perfectly with the med+ acid and the complex minerality. A cream and almond flavor carry the finish. This shows the acidity and minerality of the 2008 vintage, but there's also a creaminess and a lushness that I find amazing. Having tasted a 2001 from this producer and vineyard, I would love to get a case of this and drink one every two years or so. Thanks, Tim, for representing chardonnay well. (2767 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2010, Issue #40
(Domaine François Raveneau Chablis - "Montée de Tonnerre" 1er 1er Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2010, IWC Issue #151
(Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2009, Issue #24, The Superb 2008 Burgundy Vintage- Already in the Shadow of 2009?
(Chablis “Montée de Tonnerre”- Domaine Raveneau) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2009, Issue #36
(Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er 1er Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145
(Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
(Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre) This Raveneau was a bit disappointing, to be frank, as it was not that expressive, and seemed less complicated than the usual Raveneau experience. It was clean and ‘pretty accessible’ but a touch yeasty and simple.  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/20/2011)
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light canary yellow color; tart apple, mineral, nectarine, chalk, green herb nose; tight, tart lemon, tart apple, mineral, green herb palate with good acidity; medium finish  92 points
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François Raveneau

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Montée de Tonnerre

From www.winophilia.com (IWC)

Burgundy lovers enjoy debating the merits of vineyards almost as much as they savor the wines themselves. A favorite topic of conversation? Premier cru vineyards that in the right hands produce wines at grand cru quality.
For white wines on the Côte de Beaune, the premier cru Meursault Perrières is widely considered to be of grand cru quality. In Chablis, there’s one long-established premier cru vineyard that consistently towers above the rest: Montée de Tonnerre.
If this vineyard does not quite reach the level of the region’s grand crus in depth and sheer palate presence, it often does in aromatic complexity and class. In a perfect classification system, it would be ranked between premier and grand cru. Why should you care? In a word: value. Because Chablis usually is significantly cheaper than white Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune in the first place, the best examples of Montée de Tonnerre can offer remarkable quality/price rapport. If Chablis is the insider’s white Burgundy, then Montée de Tonnerre is the insider’s Chablis premier cru.

A look at the map quickly explains why. Montée de Tonnerre is situated just to the southeast of the unbroken strip of Chablis grand crus on the right bank of the river Serein (it’s separated from Les Blanchots only by a narrow ravine). It enjoys a similar geographic profile, rich in the same Kimmeridgian limestoney chalk that makes the grand crus some of the world’s most cerebral, complex and distinctive examples of chardonnay. With its brisk citrus character, floral lift and incisive minerality, Montée de Tonnerre is wonderfully aromatic and penetrating in its youth, typically coming into greater harmony and putting on weight with five to ten years of bottle age.
http://www.winophilia.com/2010/09/07/montee-de-tonnerre-the-insider%E2%80%99s-chablis/
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France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Burgundy

Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Burgundy Report |
Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker

Chablis

Chablis (Fédération de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis) | Chablis (Burgundy Wines)

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Jon Rimmerman: "2014 is a return to the titillating terroir punch that is only delivered in the 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that dot the slopes and hillsides of Chablis. The 2014 wines in most of Chablis are so reflective and elegantly mineral-drenched that its hard not to glug them straight away (Beaujolais had a mostly similar result in 2014 after 2012/2013 examples that were largely disappointing).

In Chablis, 2014 is the finest vintage since 2010 and it is somewhat of a hybrid of 2004/2007 and 2010. The stone, citrus and limestone amalgam is exactly what we search for in Chablis as the style harkens to a day in the Cote de Beaune proper (1960's - 1980's) when wine was not meant to be consumed the week it was released, battonage was not used by all and new oak was rarely seen.

As more and more in Burgundy are trying to curtail the thickness in their wines (from heavy new wood/malo/stirring) in favor of more transparent and lithe structures (with equal levels of fascinating material and intrigue), it can be said that the material itself must stand the test of time, not the textural impression left by the winemaker. That does not mean all texture is lost - quite the opposite - but the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker'."
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