HDH Raveneau Tasting (MK Restaurant - Chicago, IL): Somewhat sweet and tart nose of lemons, and an earthy mushroom note. Palate was a bit fatter, but fat with Raveneau is still (usually) amazing. Takes on more of a Puligny weight. Has a lot of time ahead of it.
Color oro de los de verdad. Esa nariz a mantequilla que estás esperando en una botella de Raveneau con un toque dulce que no se reproduce en boca. Lo suficientemente ácida para ser disfrutada ahora y durante muchos años. Los Raveneau juegan en otra liga
Raveneau '05s are so special across the board. Just like the Montee de Tonnerre, this has a tropical touch that is less typical of a Chablis, more of the '05 vintage. But the citrus and the edgy acidity of Chablis is there, guaranteeing amazing balance. Great intensity of flavors. Live medium ++ finish.
Raveneau Butteaux Vertical (Vin Vino, Palo Alto): Much riper than the '06 with tropical fruit and some apparent wood. Rich but somehow, the texture is not that pleasing, again with the sensation that there is some oaky astringency (despite the supposed lack of new barrels at this address). Comes across as duller than any of the other wines and heavy. Most anonymous and least Chablisien of the group. Frankly disappointing.
Dinner at Scott and Kate's -- Absolutely awesome tonight with this amazing balance of refreshing juicy acidity/minerality and a wonderful plump candied fruitiness. Candied coconut fruits, more flamboyant fruit than I am used to in Raveneaus, but the classic sea water and truffle honey was beginning to emerge too. Wow!
Joseph Visits Scott & Kate, Part I (Burlingame, CA): Spherical wine, as is most Raveneaus I've had. Linear and precise, yet round and palate drenching. Needed air to flesh out, but this is clearly top notch. With decanting, it took on layers of minerals and seashells, yet almost a butter sensation on the tail end of the finish. Fantastic.
From cask: Lovely pale greenish gold. Finely etched fresh nose with beautifully crystalline purity. Good density of fruit and flavour in the mouth and great texture, but lacks the spark for greatness. 3+