Just the perfect Chablis in the perfect place. It starts off quite tight with barely a whiff of toast and citrus and a palate that is dense and linear. It breathes to show notes of custard apple, mandarin, grapefruit, apricot and mineral. It is rich and textural yet still under a tight rein from its strong acid backbone. Length is superb and it just gets better and better in the glass.
Pure, transparent rim, glows golden. Smells fresh, chalk, marzipan, citrus, woodsmoke, the sea. Resonates like an organ in a cathedral; intense, lemon zest, butter, mineral, stones, spice. Very young. Profound wine.
Some Bottles from a Week in France; 4/14/2013-4/21/2013 (Paris, Northern Burgundy, Alsace): Beautiful medium yellow clear color. Opens with marvelous, discreet aromatics of beeswax and white flowers. Light to medium weight with lemon rind and stone. High acidity which crescendoed and closed down the wine about 90 minutes in before loosening its grip. Most amazing was the evolution of the nose which eventually expressed smoke and an unbelievable array of primal algal tide pool smells. Nothing we tasted in Chablis today screamed Chablis as much as this wine (except, perhaps, the young Dauvissat Preuses). An utter marvel which must have been brutally acidic when young but which is blossoming now and poised for a run of 20 more years. Wow!
France 2013 - Chablis (Chablis): No magnums of this so we ordered two 750s. Consistent notes. Wow, this is just gorgeous and getting better with air. White flowers, lemon cream and saline. Loads of searing acidity and an extremely long finish. A brilliant 1er cru Chablis and one loaded with Chablis typicity. Drinking very well now and should cruise for a decade or more. Outstanding.
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(Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre) The weather was starting to cooperate in Spring-like fashion, so we started with a couple of Raveneaus on the patio. I caught the tail end of a disappointing and perplexing 1996 Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre . I love this bottling and vintage from Raveneau, but this bottle seemed confused, lacking a centerpoint. It wasn’t oxidized or cooked or corked, but it wasn’t what it should have been. It was a touch oaky, lacking definition (85?).
(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Group's #5 (my #3) – 78 pts; 0, 2, 1, 0 – Slightly amber, golden color; somewhat savory, lemon oil, vanilla bean and grapefruit oil nose; thinner and rather precious on the palate, with tart lemon and high acid, but also depth of flavor; medium-plus finish
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