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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 23 
ProducerFrançois Raveneau (web)
VineyardMontée de Tonnerre
AppellationChablis 1er Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 6 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 90.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 56 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Nanda on 5/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Gorgeous, classic Chablis nose of green apples, chalk, river water with citrus zest. Palate is softer and lower acid given the hot vintage. Good salinity and minerality interlaced with white fruit. Time to drink this vintage, I'd reckon. (79 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 5/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Sunday Dinner at Formento's (Chicago, IL): Very pale in colour (a good sign). Definitely a softer, fatter Raveneau, with a bit of stewed fruit on the nose. This doesn't hold the same tension and acidity as Raveneau in the good years, but there's certainly a lot to like here. The lemon and chalk qualities that I've always expected are still present, if the salinity is a bit dilute. This is very well made in the context of the vintage, and when all is said and done, still a very good bottle of chardonnay in and of itself. Now, with that out of the way, I really wouldn't be holding this much longer. I don't see any upside to doing that. (179 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 4/13/2015 & rated 89 points: Deep gold.
Fruit driven fragrance of ripe melons.
Ripe melons and lemon citrus, nicely weighted, lush body. Definitely has a soft but fleshy finish, not a lot of acidity there. Atypical flavours but a very pleasant drink for now, probably past its best. (257 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 seventh place wine. The nose shows some funk/skunky elements, not sure if its sulphur or something microbial. Medium yellow color. The palate is clean, but unfortunately kind of flat and lifeless. There is tons of glycerol and a medium mouthfeel, kind of oily like a Hermitage Blanc. I'm not sure what this is aging on, but its holding together nicely for this very challenging vintage. (413 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 3/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Took a few minutes to open up. At its peak. A beautiful, stunning chablis. (361 views)
 Tasted by jtech on 12/19/2014: Clear. Clean. Good intensity, but the fruit is super warm and obscure. Warm, rich, fat. Flabby. (576 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 11/23/2014: Nose: Gorgeous sea shell, lemon star burst and pineapple. slightly tropical, but so much Chablis topicity. Palate: Elegant and full with great mineral/salty note and a top layer of meyer lemon and guava fruit. Good finish with a pear note. Great wine in a ripe vintage (802 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 9/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Ripe, full bodied. Tropical…Not very Chablis like. Lacks acidity, but still an enjoyable wine. (973 views)
 Tasted by eharkins on 7/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Fantastic Chablis haven't been a huge lover of 03 Chablis but this wine is just so elegant while still dynamic, wonderful lemon, sea salt, golden apple notes are constantly inviting the next sip, palate is restrained with integrated acidity keeping the experience fresh and lingering (1208 views)
 Tasted by theRealPepe on 6/5/2014: Paired with oysters at Cafe Rouge in Berkeley for my birthday. Much stronger than previous outing. A very fine wine from a weaker vintage. Excellent. (1335 views)
 Tasted by austinbeeman on 4/30/2014 & rated 98 points: CELLAR SELECTION
My first bottle of Raveneau Chablis and well worth the wait. There are good Chablis, great Chablis, and then Raveneau, which is in a different class all together.
Profound with layer upon layer of complex flavor. This wasn't an easy wine to grab precise flavors as it changed minute by minute. The wine went from citrus to honeycomb, to butter, to toast, to red berries, and round and round it went. Full of wild yeast funkiness and huge glycerin levels. Awesome wine.

$90 OH Retail
www.austinbeeman.com (1516 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 2/24/2014: It's funny. This last bottle of this wine has been sitting in the wine refrigerator longer than anything else since I just could not get excited about drinking it based on experience with previous bottles. Tonight was the night, and surprise...it was good. Slightly turbid light yellow with some remaining green. Low pitched citrus. Medium body-certainly not the ponderous weight I'd encountered before, and even has some delicacy of the cru. Sweet orange, vanilla, chalk and some salinity with adequate acidity. Yes, the wood stuck out much more than it usually does in Raveneau wines, but all in all, not only recognizable as Chablis, but better than merely good. Wonders never cease, but this won't spur me to load up on 2003 Chablis or any European white for that matter. (1633 views)
 Tasted by theRealPepe on 12/31/2013: Pale golden with a glint of green. Nose is semi-complex, meaning that you could pick up different aromas at different times but there was always an underying hint of vanilla and oyster shell. Some concentration of the mineral, shell and sweet lemon on the palate with a nice aftertaste. The body is perhaps too big and there is a sweet sensation that marks this a lesser vintage. The wine rates excellent but is disappointing given the house (and the price). (1307 views)
 Tasted by noppakit s. on 11/23/2013 & rated 92 points: Surprisingly clean. Smell is like mineral water and no sign of 2003 heat at this moment.

Performs very good indeed.

Don't miss this stage from 2003 Raveneau.

Drink as many bottles as you can.

92-93/100 (1500 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 6/1/2013: Healthy color. Woody aromatics. Ripe lemon fruit, heavy feel, little Chablis character. (1768 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 11/24/2012 & rated 91 points: Sweet lemon lime with a grapefruit citrus quality to the nose. Dry tart a nice underlying sweetness. Just a bit simple with slightly bitter finish 91 (2061 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/23/2012 & rated 89 points: Friday after Thanksgiving (FAT) (Palm Beach Gardens FL): Tasting, brief note. Fat and forward. Meyer lemon and ripe apple. Short, slightly sweet. (2495 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 10/21/2012 & rated 92 points: Interestingly, more youthful and lighter in color than the '03 Montee I had (note below) almost two years ago. Light golden color, reticent nose at first (so much for overripe '03s!), but slowly what gets coaxed out is the lovely Steely lemon lime zest, wet limestone, spearmint, sea foam. Lovely, showing lighter bodied than the last few. Elegant food wine, great. (1848 views)
 Tasted by markjanes on 6/4/2012 & rated 88 points: My third and final bottle of this wine... TN wise this is a lot deeper in color than previously noted, a lot more evolved and tertiary (a majority of 03 white burgs are not going to be long lived obviously), texture and expression of place was more like the 2nd than 1st bottle... overall I hold my position that this is a rather disappointing Rav Tonnerre that I would drink sooner rather than later (remaining bits were quite oxidized on day 2). (2027 views)
 Tasted by salil on 7/30/2011 flawed bottle: Hideously corked. (2482 views)
 Tasted by TheEngineer on 2/7/2011 & rated 89 points: Not the Raveneau I know but not a bad wine either. Was worried about the vintage but only some of that got through. Still sunny disposition in terms of the pineapple and tropical notes but also still lemon and some acidity. Missing structure of other vintages but not bad either. (2613 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 12/31/2010 & rated 90 points: Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre Vertical (Vin Vino Wine, Palo Alto, California): Light lemon yellow color; reduction, tart lemon, lemon rind nose; reduction, tart lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 90+ pts. (2618 views)
 Tasted by otomatsu on 12/3/2010: Best Chablis I had ever. (2522 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 10/25/2010: Light yellow. Some lemon and grapefruit. Rich and fat to begin but then seemed less cumbersome. Good minerality but low acidity. This was better and more Chablisien than the only other bottle I'd had years ago, but still not great and more Chardonnay than Chablis, an unpardonable sin. (2814 views)
 Tasted by markjanes on 9/2/2010: This bottle was very different than the first I commented on and was much closer to what I expected from this wine... there were none of the textural issues I noted previously and the wine had some typicity... this is certainly not a great Raveneau Tonnerre, but it is not nearly as bad as the bottle I tasted previously... " very good" to "excellent" on the CT rating scale. (2870 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound (3/13/2012)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2005, Issue #20
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound, 4th Quarter, 2004, Issue #16
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2004, IWC Issue #115
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/31/2010)
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light lemon yellow color; reduction, tart lemon, lemon rind nose; reduction, tart lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 90+ pts.  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/30/2010)
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light medium golden yellow color; reduction, lemon, grapefruit peel, mineral nose; reduction, tart lemon, mineral, lemon peel, green herb palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  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.
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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.
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