90 Points

Friday, June 26, 2009 - This wine was opened and poured as a flight of Ravneau MdT vintages 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005. This wine offers enjoyment now from its primary, forward fruit, although it still contains the hallmark balance, nuance and complexity expected from the wine for Raveneau. This is solid with aromatics of mineral, oyster shell, lemon tart, and rocks. This is the most forward of the wines. It does not have the intensity and structure of the 2000 and 2002 but is not as soft and approachable as the 2003. If the 2003 exhibits exquisite balance and accessibility, this offers a more primary, fruit forward experience. Once the primary fruit resolves, the wine will reveal a more Raveneau like profile comparable to the 2000 and 2002 without as much firmness. This will improve with a few more years of bottle age. Overall the tasting of the five bottles of Ravenea MdT side by side and the bottle of 2003 Valmur opened previously to the flight provided insight into the vintage characteristics of the wine that would not be as apparent if the wines had been tasted individually. Of the wines tasted, the 2001 was the most awkward of the group and clearly not as complete as the other wines tasted. The 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 all rate similarly but for different reasons that can only be elucidated by their corresponding tasting note.

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