Reunion Dinner in DC (Red Hen - Washington, DC): Fresh, clean, and clear. Even in its youth, the depth to this wine was just outstanding. The aromas were exotic and deep with oceanic tones that mixed nicely with fresh lemon and dill. Great weight to the palate with plenty of acidity and elegance. Loved it.
Drank along side the MDT from the same vintage. The color is a deeper gold than the MDT. This wine presents almond oil and ripe yellow fruits on the nose and pallet. The wine has expansive pallet presence and impressive length and depth of flavors.
Opened and poured alongside the 2008 MdT. Whereas the Tonnerre is all about lightness and a delicate touch, this comes across rather powerful (surprisingly, in contrast to the bottle I had a few months ago) with a sappy, almost oily quality to the texture. The flavours seem more creamy as well, with a noticeable lemon cream element framing the fresh citrus fruit and mineral flavours, but the balance is again stunning with bright acids and great purity to the flavours. Fantastic wine.
There's a touch of preserved lemon then she's all mineral/iodine things. Classic Chablis in every sense where the gums are sheathed by the wine's glycerol yet you feel every rocky bump in the mouth. Great length.
Yet another winner from Raveneau. This one isn't about power, it's leaner than I usually expect from Raveneau with a powerful acid spine, and an aroma that suggests it came from a rock quarry rather than grapes. The fruit's rather understated but there's the usual sense of purity and finesse I always find from Raveneau and tremendous balance and length.
Another beauty. Lemon cream nose with all the classic Chablis notes (sea breeze, citrus, minerality) with loads of acidic backbone and a linear and focused profile. Took a bit to open up, and although it never fully did, this was real fun to try. With proper aeration this can be thoroughly enjoyed now...or wait 5-10 years. Excellent. 92+
Nez : craie, fleurs blanches, aubépine. Bouche citronnée, pierre à fusil, léger boisé, élégant, vif, légères notes fumées en finale. 91/100 - Servi pour un carpaccio de thon et daurade avec pêches blanches - très bel accord sur les notes citronnées avec le citron vert de l'assaisonnement.
Winemaker's dinner: Raveneau & Mugnier (Onda Mezzanine, Oslo): Noe lukket i starten, men åpner seg noe med luft. Mild nese med mineraler, sitrus og lakris. Klar og presis frukt med flott konsentrasjon og spiss og sitrende syre. Nydelig mineralitet i avslutningen. Sitter meget lenge i. Flott Chablis! Kan til nød nytes nå, men bør lagres.
A goldish dress- very creamy and intense on the nose. Quite short though. The mouth was complet yet short with notes of acacia honey. Very round and zesty, it was so enjoyable. A pleasure!! More preciseness would put this very high. It's an appetizer to what could be a great wine. 93
DC Crew's Gem Tasting - 3rd Annual (Palena - Washington, DC): I know we were killing these 2008 Chablis far too soon, but they were both just so delicious. The 2008 Butteaux showed explosive aromas of green melon, lemon peel, sea shell and just a hint of seaweed. The hint of seaweed on the nose brought this wine a level just above the 2008 Montée de Tonnerre, at least for me. The aromas in this wine need many years to define themselves, but they can still sing now, even at this young age. The palate starts off with a plump, butterscotch flavor, with some green apple. Then the acid streaks in, along with racy minerals. A sea shell flavor combines with yellow apple and popcorn butter. The finish is laced with acid and minerals, but also some nutty, buttery flavors. It has the minerality and oceanic elements of the best Chablis with some of the richness of Cote de Beaune chardonnay. The complexity packed in this wine will take a decade+ to unwind, when it will emerge an even more glorious Chablis. Thanks, Tom.
At 11AM this wine was almost colourless, with a medium-minus intense hi-toned nose showing citrus notes and a quinine mineral touch. Flavour-wise it was medium-minus bodied, or so the pronounced acidity made it seem. Other wise it was utterly reticent, making it seem rather simple.At the tasting, the colour turns out to be pale lemon-green with a watery rim. The nose hasn’t improved much in intensity, but has gained some precision and now displays mildly exotic ground almonds over a backdrop of grapefruit, enhanced by some white flowers and candied lime-peel. The body has put on some fat and is now medium, while positively austere acidity can’t disguise some largely buried richness which might just be oak-derived. An edge of fatty mineral clay balances out the acidity somewhat, but that still leaves the medium-plus intense fruit flavours in the yellow grapefruit end of the spectrum. The finish kicks it up another notch, as it adds another level of intensity and easily persists until 30-35 seconds after swallowing. Did I mention that I only spat the Monts Mains? This wine was (re)presented somewhat unfairly, as it was the only 2008 which didn’t see the carafe. However, a last taste after cleaning up had gained both in intensity and relative weight, so the 90 points I can give for what I actually took notes on will most likely prove too conservative. I suspect at least 2 –maybe 4- points potential, but please leave this until 2018 unless you have a serious stash...TN Mike de Lange (Raveneau Tasting).