Rockstars of Burgundy: Popcorn, floral, some dill/herbs and a little oak. Balances the herbal and ripe fruit quite well. Length is nice, more roundness than the other premier crus it was next to. This was nice, though a little unusual.
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 ninth place wine. This wine showed a little odd, with what I can describe as petrol and anise on the nose. Almost like a gin and tonic. I'm not sure if its showing the greenie meanies, but something is off. The palate was fairly precise and on the heavier side, with a good lemon spice note and long finish. Not sure about the nose, so this got knocked down quite a bit in comparison to the other wines.
Lunch in Antwerp with a classical pairing of oysters and Chablis, oysters produced from the mineral-rich sea floors, and the Montée de Tonnerre produced from the mineral-rich Kimmeridgian soil. On the nose This Montée de Tonnerre had green apple and white fruits. On the palate it was rich and clean with sea shells, citrus, and tremendous acidity. This was a great wine, and a perfect pairing with the Marenne d'Oleron M4 oysters.
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