Sunday Dinner at Formento's (Chicago, IL): Very pale in colour (a good sign). Definitely a softer, fatter Raveneau, with a bit of stewed fruit on the nose. This doesn't hold the same tension and acidity as Raveneau in the good years, but there's certainly a lot to like here. The lemon and chalk qualities that I've always expected are still present, if the salinity is a bit dilute. This is very well made in the context of the vintage, and when all is said and done, still a very good bottle of chardonnay in and of itself. Now, with that out of the way, I really wouldn't be holding this much longer. I don't see any upside to doing that.
Deep gold. Fruit driven fragrance of ripe melons. Ripe melons and lemon citrus, nicely weighted, lush body. Definitely has a soft but fleshy finish, not a lot of acidity there. Atypical flavours but a very pleasant drink for now, probably past its best.
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 seventh place wine. The nose shows some funk/skunky elements, not sure if its sulphur or something microbial. Medium yellow color. The palate is clean, but unfortunately kind of flat and lifeless. There is tons of glycerol and a medium mouthfeel, kind of oily like a Hermitage Blanc. I'm not sure what this is aging on, but its holding together nicely for this very challenging vintage.
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(François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre) Light medium golden yellow color; reduction, lemon, grapefruit peel, mineral nose; reduction, tart lemon, mineral, lemon peel, green herb palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
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