Medium gold yet still fresh color. Stunning nose of lime, chalk and honeyed fruit. Perfectly mature - simply gorgeous integration and depth. Fills the mouth with extract and precision. Great wine that could not be better than it is tonight. One of the wines of the year. (95)
So pale green yellow that I thought a different wine was poured first. Aromas of lime peel, seashell and spice. Precise and rich with an endless tart finish. More citrus oil and spice and less Chablisee-ness over the hours this was open, though the power remained. A bottle seemingly suspended in time. How long to wait for the last bottle?
This bottle, while appearing youthful and certainly not oxidized, has very definitely faded. Aromas and flavors are soft, indistinct, and the acidity is missing. All that's left of the tell-tale Raveneau characteristics is a lingering aromatic note in in the empty glass. Too bad; waited too long.
Not scoring this as I didn't take notes at the time.. A pity as my impression was the wine had come into it's own, with power and precision and the melange of salinity, shell, floral notes, citrus and that usual Raveneau je ne sais quois. You know - the usual stuff. :) So my memory is bursting but it's been two weeks. Probably would have 94 or even higher, which is generous for me. Paired with a complementary smoked salmon and leek salad.
Beautiful nose of barnacles, lemon/lime and chalky minerals. God, this is drinking perfectly now with ripe flavors of lime and oyster shells with such elegance and precision. Quite rich and concentrated with crisp acidity along with a lovely salinity and great tension. The finish builds to a fine complexity with notes of sea shore, chalky minerals and Indian spices. It is quite ripe but also very fine and even subtle on the endless finish. Loved it tonight with simply prepared calimari.
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