New Year's Day Pork Shoulder and Grits Supper (San Francisco): Medium yellow. Lovely nose of flowers and orchard fruit. Medium weight, chalky base, fine rendering of Chablis saline quality, and excellent acidity for the year. The additional aging from 2012 through the present has really helped bring this wine into focus. When last tasted in 2014, I never thought it would lose its more tropical character and show as more classic Chablis. I was wrong. This was my last bottle, but I can see it hanging in there for at least another 2 to 3 years.
Pale lemon/straw colour. Light fragrance of white flowers and lemon zest. Not intense. Light-Med intensity, decent acidity with flavours of soft peach, lemon curd and a hint of honeysuckle, lacks a bit of zip. Finish falls away quickly, some residual oak spice but little real resonance. Frankly a bit disappointing but maybe not unexpected for the vintage.
Medium yellow. Three phases. First a rich, tropical entry with fat pineapple and ripe citrus fruit. Then, transiently, a leaner, more saline aspect with florality. Finally, somewhat clunky wood rules. I've never had a great experience with this wine. If I were to describe it in an equation of sorts, I would say that it reflects Raveneau > vintage >> Chablis style and character.
Quite typical Chablis and Raveneau, but has a slight dullness of acidity especially on the finish that I think comes from the vintage, quite fragrant, flint and shell, a hint of brown butter, young but not totally fresh.
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(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux) Light yellow color; reticent, tart lemon, white flower, tart apple nose; tight, medium bodied, tart apple, tart peach oyster jus, mineral palate; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish