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1996 Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Montée Tonnerre"

SKU #1023938 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Chablis Montee De Tonnerre has smoke, steel and rock aromas as well as a beautifully complex, expressive, ample, muscular, and broad flavor profile filled with stones, lemon zests and toast...Bernard Raveneau feels that the 1996s he and his brother Jean-Marie crafted will require ten years of cellaring before being approachable because of their tightly wound, high acid structures. His father, Francois Raveneau, has reportedly compared them to his '69s. I have not tasted any 1969 Domaine Raveneau bottlings so I cannot comment on the comparison, but found his remark interesting because most other vignerons I met in Chablis and the Cote d'Or were unable to recall a similar vintage (the only exception to this being Dauvissat's father who reportedly compared the 1996 vintage to 1949).This estate's cellars, like those of Rene & Vincent Dauvissat, resemble the cellars of the Cote d'Or. Why? Instead of the massive foudres and stainless steel cuves found in other Chablis cellars, the Raveneaus and Dauvissats use oak barrels to ferment and age their wines.The Raveneaus lived up to their reputation with the 1996 vintage, crafting stunningly complex, beautifully ripe, highly delineated, crystalline and exceedingly long wines. Readers who wish to taste benchmark Chablis are advised to locate some of these gems Inner quote mark (2/1998)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Great terroir here. Laser focus and breeding define this intense, precision white. The green fruit, mineral and apple flavors build on the palate to a long, long aftertaste. (Web 2000) Inner quote mark

Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Distinct notes of truffle, sous bois and that interesting older Chablis vegetal note lead to crisp, racy and moderately aged middle weight flavors underpinned by firm acidity and fine length. Like many '96s in Chablis, this is quite particular but there is no oxidation but it would be fair to say that the aromas are hardly youthful. Inner quote mark (6/2005)

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