From a bottle purchased on release, this wine had a 1 cm fill. It had a yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose displayed lemons, honey, and white stone. It was classic Raveneau.
In the mouth, it was rich and ripe but the "wall" of acidity was so powerful, the ripeness seemed like almost an afterthought. The class of this wine is a good argument for people who feel MdT should be a Grand Cru
This appears to be in the middle of the zone but should last for 5-10 years. Enjoy!
The third time was not a charm for this wine. Golden. Immediately, sherried tones. While I thought it was completely dead, it then made a valiant effort to regain some salty Chablis aromas. Was it really oxidation or just the distinctive truffled honey nose of some old Raveneau? Great texture and still unbelievable acidity, but alas, after a brief period of deceptive resuscitation, it quickly fell apart and died an oxidized death. It almost seems churlish to check off that it is flawed-it is a 22 year old Chablis, after all. More to the point, the flaw is in the owner of the bottle, who chose to hold it this long.
I've been lucky enough to have this wine 3 times since 2008. Not only was this one the best of the bunch, but curiously, it was the youngest as well. Scents of lemon oil just poured out of the glass. Perhaps a bit weightier than other bottles with phenomenal balance of Grand Cru richness and underlying acidity and saltiness. No sulfur as in one bottle from 2008 and very little of the Raveneau hazelnut/wax so often found in mature bottles. This just kept improving over the 2 hours we drank it and was clearly the wine of the evening. Immortal Chablis and my most exciting dry white wine in quite some time. Thank you, David, for sharing so many of these great bottles with us.
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