Gorgeous, classic Chablis nose of green apples, chalk, river water with citrus zest. Palate is softer and lower acid given the hot vintage. Good salinity and minerality interlaced with white fruit. Time to drink this vintage, I'd reckon.
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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