Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a medium yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose displayed apple, honey, white stone and a hint of marzipan.

    In the mouth, the wine was ripe and rich with substantial acidity and excellent length. Unfortunately, it was tainted by a hint ethyl acetate that held back my score. Despite this, the underlying material was obvious.

    While drinkable, I would give this another 5 years in the cellar. Other bottles should improve. This one was debatable.

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  • Tasted blind, this wine had a medium yellow center and clear rims. The high intensity nose showed classic Raveneau honey suckle, apple, and white stone.

    Overall the wine was nice out of the gate but the acidity and length improved dramatically with 3+ hours of air. It was rich and ripe in the mouth but still svelte and had great finishing acidity. In addition to the flavors noted in the nose there was just a hint of toffee to add complexity. As I have said before, even the professionals often don't give wines like this enough air time to evolve. This is drinking well with 3+ hours of air or aged 5+ years in the cellar.

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  • Again from an excellent looking bottle, this wine was very similar to my note from two weeks ago. This one took more like 3 hours of decenter time to blossom. Prior to this it was reasonably nice in the mouth but not much was showing in the nose (which was odd). After the air time though, it was very nice, featuring an attarctive nose, a rich entry, and that classic acidic, white stone finish. This additional data point continues to suggest additional aging for these 1992's is warranted.

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  • I love Chapelot as it is a great vineyard that is relatively under-appreciated. My guess is that this is due to small production. It seems to me that Raveneau doesn't usually even show it to the critics when they come to taste. To my taste buds, this vineyard has relatively old vines and I believe it is often very close to grand cru in weight if not in refinement and longevity.

    From a nice looking bottle, this wine sported a deep yellow color. The nose was rich and ripe with apple, lemon, honey, and a touch of marzipan. In the mouth, the flavors followed the nose and were classic Raveneau. Despite the fact the this is viewed as a fat vintage, the acidity was crisp, which helped provide a long finish. While not quite up with the very best Raveneau vintages, this is a very nice wine that was best after about 2 hours of decanter time. It should easily last 5-10 years and, depending on how you like them, it may even get better!

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