Pale lemon/straw colour. Light fragrance of white flowers and lemon zest. Not intense. Light-Med intensity, decent acidity with flavours of soft peach, lemon curd and a hint of honeysuckle, lacks a bit of zip. Finish falls away quickly, some residual oak spice but little real resonance. Frankly a bit disappointing but maybe not unexpected for the vintage.
Medium yellow. Three phases. First a rich, tropical entry with fat pineapple and ripe citrus fruit. Then, transiently, a leaner, more saline aspect with florality. Finally, somewhat clunky wood rules. I've never had a great experience with this wine. If I were to describe it in an equation of sorts, I would say that it reflects Raveneau > vintage >> Chablis style and character.
Quite typical Chablis and Raveneau, but has a slight dullness of acidity especially on the finish that I think comes from the vintage, quite fragrant, flint and shell, a hint of brown butter, young but not totally fresh.
Unique once again in its '06-ness, more a round classically chardonnay vs. the minerally seashell and truffle Raveneau usually is. Still a lot of cinnamon, pear, gunsmoke and white floral notes. A bit softer with some grapefruit and spice.
Amazing. Tart and structured like a great Chablis with a little wood/hazelnut to round it out. Nose of the sea, lime, nut, cheese, and light tarragon. Sharp and tart palate of seashells, lime/lemon, flint, herbs, hazelnut, unripe pear skin, and sweet tarts. Probably the best pairing with dungeness I've ever had. Did not budge the 4-5 hours opened. Long life ahead. Wish I could afford more Raveneau!!!
Nice, but lacking the sharp focus I expected. A bit fat, way more white fruit than mineral and seashell. Few producers made classical Chablis in '06, and this is no exception. The '05 Dauvissat Forest that followed was much more typical and impressive, IMO.
In a great spot at the moment but still needs a little more time to shed the primary baby fat. Good tight focused wine with great acidity and balance. A touch of grip towards the finish rounds out a very stylish palate. Last glass was the best.
R&Y & B&A @ Medlar (The Medlar, London): Quite a full mid straw with touches of green. Relatively ripe and rounded nose, some chalkiness but more floral and fruity, though not as overt at the 06 Montee de Tonerre seems to be at the moment. Quite full on the palate and a little more restrained than one might have supposed from the nose. Good weight and length and very enjoyable but for me just a shade behind the slightly more mature Fevre 01 Vaudesir alongside it, that wining on Chablis typicity. ****
Very one-dimensional next to the '02 of this, and similar to previous notes, more a purely chard-juicy character than any of the Raveneau minerality and white truffle. Still nice, just more a juicy ripe chard mouthful, but of course still far more elegant than a huge domestic chard...
La Mission Haut Brion plus white Burgs and Port: Light gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is big with smoke, minerals and lemons. On the palate, nice red fugi apples. I like the acidity although it seems low for Chablis. Long finish. Going back to it a couple of hours later, it was about the same but at a warmer temp, it seemed slightly flabby.
Popped and poured. If you try hard you can coax out some minerals, iodine and lemon citrus notes from the nose, but this is still relatively closed. The palate is very taut, and lean showing a good acid bite and edginess. The finish is actually juicy and long lasting. Really classy wine with lots of upside.
Confrerie Burgundy Trip – Day 1 (Chablis/Beaune): Shiny gold. Delicate first nose of honey, then flowers and peaches. Silky attack. Minerals with fresh acidity on the well integrated and balanced palate. Lime on the clean lingering finish. Complex and pure.
Raveneau Butteaux Vertical at Vin, Vino Wine, Palo Alto, CA (Palo Alto, CA): VVW Butteaux vertical with Iron Chevsky -- Fresh and clean, the most "purely chardonnay" of the lot tonight, with lots of that up front big chard fruit on the nose. Crushed minerals, almost powdery with a touch of lychee. Clean and fresh on the palate with not much of the more exotic Raveneau development (yet). Still lovely, a classy chard. (Update: OMG, I didn’t read other reviews til I posted, and my friend Scott below and I were on the same wavelength about the pure chardonnay character. It was almost (almost) like a good CA chard in its pure fruitiness).
Raveneau Butteaux Vertical (Vin Vino, Palo Alto): Briskly salty nose. Initially, a strong core of citrus with moderate acidity and some dilution mid-palate. This sweetened, lengthened, and filled out impressively though, and the fruit took on a more Chenin-like pear character. In the end, my third favorite wine of the 5 tasted.
This wine was decanted and poured. Initially this is a very atypical Raveneau. The wine starts out on the bouquet and palate as more "chardonnay" than Chablis or Ravneau. Initially the aromatics can be described as forward, primary and slightly buttery. The color is a very light yellow with a tinge of green. The palate continues the theme of the bouquet. Despite the initial atypical nature of the wine, it does possess the excellent balance often found in Raveneau's wines. The wine evolves with airing and after about an hour begins to take on traits associated with the wines of Raveneau. The bouquet shifts and begins to show oyster shell, mineral, rocks and citrus notes. The palate evolves to show more acidity, complexity and focus. The wine demonstrates outstanding balance from beginning to end.