The most sublime and the most celebrated estate of Chablis, the wines of Domaine Raveneau are a rare find—exceptional because the vineyard holdings are almost entirely made of grand cru and premier cru fruit, painfully finite as so few are produced, outstanding because of their tremendous quality and consistency, and unusual given the modesty of the vignerons who create these world-class wines.
This is perhaps the most floral-infused wine in the range with its array of various white flower scents, especially acacia that are nuanced by wisps of ocean breeze, iodine and algae. The restrained and well-detailed flavors possess a sophisticated and refined mouth feel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone dry finish. At least moderate patience strongly advised. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2028+; Issue: 76; Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding; Rating 91-93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre offers up an attractive bouquet of Meyer lemon, green apple, white flowers and crushed chalk. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and satiny, with good depth and concentration at the core and a pure, stony finish. This is quite an ample but reserved Montée de Tonnerre, but while it's the domaine's emblematic premier cru, I felt that it was upstaged by both the Chapelot bottling and the Butteaux this year. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: NA; Rating: 90-93 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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