What a beautiful wine that has added depth and complexity to a pure and beautifully balanced palate. It just kept evolving in the glass with each sip and finished with length and elegance. To really appreciate this wine, do not put it in an ice bucket, as it really blossoms as it warms up a bit.
Raveneau's Montée de Tonnerre is young but already drinking very well, with a lovely bouquet of candied lemons, lanolin, honeysuckle and wet stones. On the palate, the wine is deep, pure, and beautifully textural, with zesty acidity and lovely intensity.
10 Vintages of Raveneau MdT 02 thru 12 (minus the 06), poured at a VVW sit down tasting. My last place wine. This wine showed some corkiness, there was a good wine underneath the TCA but unfortunately not a great showing.
Pale colour with a tinge of gold. Nose just alluring with pear, grapefruit and apple. Touches of lemon, straw and boiled sweets. Palate just a little round for classic Chablis but a beautiful mineral finish with great length. Beautiful Chablis with some maturity really adding to the finish.
Decanted and poured, this bottle gave a similar showing to previous encounter with this wine. Again, this bottle gives a very good to excellent showing without providing a more compelling impression. This wine is probably at or around it peak. The wine shows no signs of fading but does not leave the impression that it will give a more persuasive showing in the future.
Raveneau Dinner (Young and Mid-Aged Wines) (Les Nomades - Chicago IL): Tasted blind in flight of younger Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre (2002-2005). Very rich an dripe with lots of power, hasn't yet developed the nuance i always find in mid-aged or mature Thunder Mountain. Slightly less minerality or lemon character than i normally find in Chablis, but I'm confident this emerge as a classic Raveneau in another 5-10+ years.
Oyster shell and spice on the nose, comes across as more white burgundy than Chablis. There is some oak on the nose and a really seductive aroma. Medium weight feel, heavier than the 04, but with a lovely tension between the rich lemony flavors and the pronounced acid that lingers on the long finish. Group voted 1st out of 5 Raveneau MdT's served single blind during a PWTG tasting.
From magnum. Good but not great. Very pleasant but I don't think this showed the really dynamic potential that this vineyard and producer are capable of. A sound bottle too. Seemed a bit dilute and lacked zip. Warm vintage? Maybe a lack of acid? Certainly rounder, without richness and a bit short. Not a classic Raveneau.
Dinner at Trelio (Clovis Ca.): Started pretty coiled….took some time to open, but did nicely! Classic subtle Rav….waxy yellow fruits with crisp green apple and creamy pear….bees wax, spearmint, clean sea breeze, lemon and crushed oyster shell…..again, all subtle but plenty in there! Tasty!
Typical Raveneau: The nose is dominated by butter malt aromas from the old oak barrels. And then aromas of citrus. More like a traditional Meursault (-or a top white Rioja?) than a Chablis. In the mouth, however, the tart Chablis style is evident. Great acidity and top concentration. I believe this would have been an even greater Chablis with less dominant oak, at least for me..
Yellow. Waxy hazelnut scents. Broad and rich, clay base. Mouth coating and fresh but really lacking in acidity and minerality. Some faint saline tones struggle to be heard toward the finish. This could be Meursault, which is not what I'm seeking in Chablis.
Dégustation Raveneau (8 millésimes de Montée de Tonnerre et 3 de Chapelot): Il y a ici beaucoup plus de maturité et ce côté exotique qui ne changera pas (ai même gardé le vin plus de 30 min après la fin de cette vague…). Gras en bouche, saveurs de melon, de miel chaud, d’anis, de céréales (blé, l’orge a été mentionné), caramel. Plus Meursault que Chablis. 4e dans cette vague. (MDT 04, 05 et 06 + Chapelot 05).
Light golden color. Quite reserved on both the nose and palate at first. Within an hour, the wine became much more expressive - beautiful nose of minerals, spices and citrus. Apple, wet stones with a honey element on the palate. Great balance so plenty of life ahead. An excellent pairing with the crab cakes and certainly a great addition to Christmas Eve dinner.
Wow, showing lots better 4+ years later, almost no darkening coloration at all. Reticent at first, started super cold. But as it warmed an elegant swirl of white flowers, spearmint and crushed stone. More unctuous "chardonnayish" flavors than usual in Raveneaus, but not in a bad way. Lovely.
Fra magnum. Klar lett gyllen gul. Flott, mineralsk og lett søtlig nese med lime, sitronskall, samt toner av tangerin, honning og mildt vaniljesukker. Nese mot sentralburgund. Bløt, glatt, åpen og fruktig med mild sødme. Relativt høy, men balansert fruktmodning. Saftig og presis syre. Nydelig lengde med klassisk mineralitet og lette smørtoner. Drikker flott nå. 92/93 P
Lemon, sea brine and a bit of beeswax on the nose. The palate is very full and sports a generosity that I don't normally associate with youngish Raveneau wines. Showing lemon honey and a lovely spicy finish that really draws your attention and keeps my interest. I get the Cote de Beaune descriptors but to me this still shows a ton of Chablis character without the mouth searing intensity and acid that one would normally get. Warm ripe year Raveneau has a place in my cellar.
Parte molto chiuso al naso dove esce la pietra bagnata e del salmastro. In bocca invece è subito espressivo con ingresso ricco e saporito, oppulento forse un po' sgraziato ma di sicuro impatto. Con il tempo e lo scaldarsi il naso si apre su note di erbe di montagna, miele, frutta gialla e agrumi. Versione forse poco elegante ma decisamente appagante
Medium to light yellow. Lactic, creamy, beeswax nose. Medium to light body but at the same time, quite lush and mouthfilling with honey and some Chablis salinity that is initially more in the background. One of those Raveneau wines that transports you south to Grand Cru Cote de Beaune sites. The longer it is open, the more it seems like Chablis-leaner, greener and more appley. Still, lowish acidity, so if you're seeking a more bracing style, the 2004 or 2007 might be better choices than this vintage.
Pretty sweet candy aromas shows lemon lime Sprite quality. Dry tart lemon flavors with great persistency and wonderful dry extract. This one has it all. Real potential for the future too. 94 Finishes just a touch bitter.
Really very little to speak of on the nose from first glass to last. That was the only slight disappointment. Otherwise things just got better and better - and they started well. Classic Montee de Tonnerre stoniness and minerality combined with an incredibly well balanced dash of stone fruit to create a wine of stunning elegance and finesse. As it opened out the intensity of the finish increased but without ever losing its taut, well structured core - a trait its drinker would love to acquire.
Plenty if struck match to the aroma coupled with honeysuckle and mineral. It is rich, layered and textured in the mouth with good generosity and a high degree of accessibility. It drinks well now but has the density and structure to age for quite a bit longer.
Decanted and poured, this wine has been tasted on a number of occasions since its release and each time it gives a very good to outstanding showing but never leaves a remarkable impression. On this occasion the wine remains youthful and vibrant but never seems to become compelling. The aromatics and palate contain notes of lemon, limestone, oyster shell and mint. The wine gives a medium length finish and acidity remains present. This drinks well now and should continue to do so for many more years; however, this wine gives the impression that it is at or around its peak.
Inching forward but ever so slowly... a lovely Chablis, qualtity here is unmistakable with real magic in it - but nontheless, it lacks weight. Still a very impressive wine that will benefit from 3-6 more years.
White Burgundy tasting (Rotterdam, Netherlands): My contribution to this gathering and I was a bit worried about its evolution beforehand; not to mention the fact that my three previous bottles of 2005 were all corked! It was slow-oxed for about an hour. Its medium intense yellow core and bright hue immediately waylaid p’ox concerns. The nose is initially but medium intense and shows notes of toast and yellow fruits, but is somewhat closed otherwise.A medium-plus body precedes ditto acidity, which is well-buffered by impressively extracted mid-palate flavours of liquorice minerality, which turns saline –even chlorine– with time in the glass. Said oxygenation unveils already medium-plus intense fennel seed and lemon sherbet fruit flavours, but other than hinting at its none-too-shabby potential its overall demeanour still remains that of a closed down wine. It has to be noticed that this does create a certain tension. The 25-30 second finish adds some grilled nuts and slightly ups the intensity, while a mineral epilogue extends beyond the one minute mark. Summarizing; while not as nervously styled as usual this MdT has both the ripeness and tension which may see it broach the upper half of the nineties in about 3-5 years from now. For now, I’ll give 92 points.......... TN Mike de Lange.
I wished well, that it is. Open and decanted, straw to golden yellow, nose of lime, mineral notes but above all dominated by butter and cream. Medium warm, soft good the acidity and saltiness that help to support the important structure of the wine. Long buttery final.
Pascal's dinner in SF 8/27/11 At first, quite closed. Smooth. A hint of oyster shells and chalk. Very subtle. Gradually blossoming white flowers. Over time it's really opened up with more noticeable citrus. There's a way to go with this, but it's delicious.
Chablis Montee de Tonnere 2005 Raveneau Giallo paglierino carico, consistente.Naso si presenta a fasi alternate dal sale marino, al burro salato con erbe aromatiche, al frutto tipo melone e pesca gialla con qualche sentore speziato dolce.In bocca da il meglio di se, pieno , fresco , salato con chiusura burrosa molto persistente.
Burgundy Dinner with Friends (Bryn Mawr Country Club, IL): Much more reserved on the nose and palate than the 05 Foret served alongside. Showing the same lemon dominated character, but with a lot firmer mineral backbone and more grip on the finish. Still, a very delicious wine with a great future ahead.
Hot Paris Nights-Mainly Whites; 6/26/2010-6/28/2010 (Paris-Various Locales): Two shades deeper than the '07 Blanchots. Surprising secondary notes of honey and truffle, but some wood is obvious too. Rich and on the lower side of acidity. Striking vanilla bean flavor. Not classic. To be honest, the more we tasted this, the more the wood got in the way. Some very typical Raveneau elements, but my least favorite of the 3 examples we tried over 2 nights.
Dujac City - Burgundy Fest (Waterford Wine Co. Tasting Room): More slate and saline on the nose than the '04. A touch of bitter almond. Lemony notes. More traditional chard characteristics than the '04. As with the '05 Vaillons, this has pure chard fruit, but with more mineral and limestone. An incredibly long finish.
This is young but very enjoyable. It has weight and substance with lots of lemony acid, hazelnuts, honey, briny seashells and stones. Whew! This needs some time but, even now, it continues to open throughout the night.
Five Days in Paris; 11/17/2009-11/21/2009: Pale. As previously, just wonderful wine, a profound Premier Cru that already has richness and that trademark hazelnut character that are perfectly offset by youthful Chablis structure. Great acidity for an '05. If you have a few bottles, it is not a mistake to try one now.
Full yellow color. Seductive aromas of honeycomb, vanilla bean, and nuts placed this in the universe of Cote de Beaune Grand Cru at the outset. Part of this may have been that the wine was served on the warm side. At proper temperature and with some air, more sea breeze notes appeared. Big and rich in the mouth with tangerine and lemon fruit. Powerful, long finish if not particularly mineral. This is forward and very appealing at this stage. It will never have the snap or acidity of more typical vintages such as 2004, but this is an outstanding, Grand Cru quality wine nonetheless, avoiding the dullness and exotic fruit I found in the '05 Butteaux a few days ago.
Raveneau and Bea @ Dan's (Palo Alto, CA): Very enjoyable. A wine that I think suffered from its "baby fat". There were the classic elements of sea-shells, minerals, mint and citrus, but there were also "fatter" fruit flavors like peach and apple. You can almost taste the dry extract on the palate... a wine with corpulent fruit that I think needs to slim down with some cellar time. If this harmonizes, it will be stunning.
Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre retrospective (Dan's place, Palo Alto, CA): Marco and gang Raveneau-a-thon – Middle of the pack of tonight's Montees. I detected some funkiness and almost a teeny bit of corkiness. Spicy and funky, with a tad of almost a "swimming pool" note. Had a harder time with this, maybe too young. Some of the classic Raveneau lurks beneath however, with citrus and hazelnut wafting in and out...
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.
This bottle was revelatory. Acidity, alcohol, and fruit were amazingly balanced, intense, and complex. This is one of the most compelling whites I've ever tasted: lime, bergamot, and grapefruit, but in a really essential qualitative way. I can only imagine the wine will take on more weight and complexity with another 7-10 years, but it was a real privilege to get to enjoy it now.
From the list at Redd (2 days after my last bottle). Now this is exactly what I expected the first time around. Linear and crisp with citrus and seashell minerality. Much more in line with the '04 and shockingly different from the bottle from 2 nights prior.
From the list at Slanted Door. Intensely exotic aromatics with a rich, buttery palate. Not at all what I was expecting, and shockingly different from the '04 that I enjoy so much. Score based on pure enjoyment rather than typicity.
Absolutely gorgeous. Showing more complexity that I would have guessed it would. Finely etched lemon and mineral notes. Near-perfect balance. Delicious, though I think I'll wait 3-5 years to open another...