2014 Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1276804 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a complex bouquet with hints of white chocolate and grilled almond interwoven between the citrus fruit. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite tensile from the beginning, with a compelling salinity on the finish that fans out with gusto. This is a Montée de Tonnerre cruising at Grand Cru altitude. This may well represent the finest Chablis that I have ever encountered from Montée de Tonnerre. Isabelle Raveneau was in fine form when I rang the doorbell of the most renowned grower in Chablis. This being just after the Brexit and the following morning from the English football team’s embarrassing defeat to Iceland in Euro 2016, Isabelle did not know which subject to broach first--though I detected a morsel of sympathy between stifling her laughs. Although my own country has a mountain of problems, so has Isabelle, the only difference being that hers are not self-inflicted. With the slew of frost damage, hailstorms and at the time of tasting, omnipresent risk of mildew after what has been a wet period, like everyone else Raveneau is not spared the challenges of the 2016 growing season. But today, I was here to taste through the 2014s now in bottle and the 2015s from barrel.  (8/2016)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is even more elegant and more refined still with its strikingly layered nose that once again is cool, pure and airy with its floral-suffused nose that possesses a plethora of classic Chablis scents. There is an absolutely gorgeous mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the explosively long, saline and impeccably well-balanced finale. 2014 is potentially a genuinely great vintage for the Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre, which as fans of this wine will immediately understand, is really saying something.  (10/2015)

94 points Decanter

 Still a bit closed on the nose but delicious fruit appears with aeration. Concentrated and ample on the palate with a delicious minerality on the finish. Another classic of great complexity.  (2/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Bright lemon-yellow. Lemon and white peach aromas are complicated by a suggestion of toasted bread. Sharply delineated and brisk but not hard or austere in the mouth, showing terrific citrus and mineral energy and captivating inner-mouth perfume. The compellingly floral finish mounts slowly and builds, without losing its tension or shape. This is really shockingly expressive today, whereas the Vaillons is tight and tough.  (7/2016)

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