Still remarkably pale and primary appearing. Primary smelling too-saline and underripe lemon joined by white flowers as it warms. Lean, sharply focused, and crystalline. Only begrudgingly does it yield some lemon cream and texture, and that after being open for a good 2 hours. Thrilling in how long it has taken to unfold and its great potential over the next decade. This is the essence of the vintage rather than Raveneau's style.
Firm, smoky minerality on the nose supported by sweet almonds and apples. On the palate it's medium bodied with the age beginning to provide a slightly oily texture to it. Nice acidity and freshness, and a structure that will carry it some years into the future, but no need to cellar further. 92-93
Stupendous bottle, amazing drinkability window. Just barely showing signs of darker gold color. Heady nose of peach, truffle oil, hazelnut oil, sea foam. Ethereal on the palate with swirls of nuanced flavor chiming in -- concentrated fruit, maitake mushroom, coconut, orange blossom oil. Raveneau at its best!
10 Vintages of Raveneau's Montee de Tonnerre (Vin, Vino, Wine in Palo Alto, CA): 10 Vintages of Raveneau MdT 02 thru 12 (minus the 06), poured at a VVW sit down tasting. My third place wine. Deep lemon spice and maritime nose, with some caramelized maturing notes that indicate this is in the plateau phase. Very expansive and deeply satisfying on the palate, perfectly mature and drinking really well tonight.
After previous unhappy experiences with this wine, this bottle scored. It shows classic Chablis character and has finally matured but clearly will rock on for some time. It is salty as many others have commented, steely and just enough white fruit to zing.
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(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light yellow color; tart apple, lemon nose with a little reduction; tight but appealing, minerally, tart lemon, citrus palate that needs another 3-5 years; medium-plus finish
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light canary yellow color; nice mineral, beeswax nose; yummy, minerally, tart citrus, tart lemon palate with elegance and cut, and a hint of honeycomb appearing after 1 hour in the glass; medium-plus finish
(Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre) The 2004 Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre was very open, with a minty and anise-y centerpoint, while Kris observed ‘white lychee and pear.’ Round, minty and delicious, the palate had a nice, feminine side to its acidity. Someone noted ‘sweet and sour apple,’ and another its ‘fresh, good structure.’ Premier Cru Chablis’ are great values – oops, put that cat back in the bag.