Senn-d off (part 2): Chablis at Nico Osteria (Chicago, IL): In contrast to the power of the 2011 Montee de Tonnerre, we had the Forets, which was much, much more fruit forward and showing copious amounts of ripe fruit and less acidity than the MdT as well. Rounder, and a bit of a simpleton, this was a very foursquare and uninspiring bottle of Raveneau.
Chilled a bit then popped and poured. Pale white gold color. Nose of oyster shell, white rock, grapefruit, apple core, alpine flowers. Young, ripe, petrol-laden notes on the palate with pure layers of melon, grapefruit, granny apple, and schist. Energizing acidity lending freshness and cut. Transitions to a satisfying finish of mineral and zesty white fruit. Very enjoyable and hopefully capable of long life of evolution.
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