2014 Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Monts Mains"

SKU #1276806 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The equally cool and airy nose is much more floral with ample citrus character on the iodine, tidal pool and algae-suffused aromas that are also trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The medium-bodied flavors are finer if less powerful with a lovely mouth feel that continues onto the intensely saline and mineral-inflected finish that is a really lovely combination of depth, length and finesse. This super saline effort is well worth checking out. Drink: 2022+  (10/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montmain has a lifted bouquet with granite and slate-like aromas, a little withdrawn at the moment, but you can tell this will repay 3-4 years in bottle. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, hints of orange rind and lemon zest, good depth in the mouth with fresh pear and quince towards the finish. Impressive, but it will need time. This killer Chablis has a bright future ahead of it. (NM)  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Very pale, bright yellow. Aromas of white peach, menthol, white pepper and mint. Offers a surprising spicy sweetness and creaminess in the mouth but with powerful acidity and thrust for what is normally a more feminine, pliant premier cru. The citrus and stone flavors still need a few years to harmonize and expand. (ST)  (7/2016)

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