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2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1512967 95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is perhaps the most elegant and 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 mouthfeel while the stony and chiseled finish exhibiting excellent persistence on the bone-dry finish. This is class in a glass and a stunning rendition of the appellation though note well that at least moderate patience is strongly advised. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The Raveneaus have ten different parcels of Montée de Tonnerre, aged between 20 and 60 years' old and spread over a total of 3ha. Taut and pithy, with stony aromas and flavours that are almost Riesling-like, this is intensely stony, tangy and chiselled with mouth-watering acidity and hints of saffron and lime. (TA) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru is bright and finely cut, with tremendous energy, as the best wines from this site tend to be. Citrus peel, crushed rocks mint and white pepper add striking layers of nuance and tension. The 2018 is going to need at least a handful of years to enter its sweet spot, but it shows tremendous promise and tons of personality. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark It was interesting that Maxim chose to show the Montée de Tonnerre ahead of the Butteaux this year, which I took not to be a reflection of what he felt of the relative merits of the two wines in 2018, but rather, that as Butteaux has that parcel of really old, high quality vines in it as well, it should have the place of honor and be served last amongst the premier crus. The 2018 Montée de Tonnerre is a stunning wine in the making, soaring from the glass in a complex blend of lemon, pear, beeswax, chalky minerality, a touch of straw and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, beautifully-balanced and shows off great purity, with a rock solid core, snappy acids and laser-like focus and excellent grip on the very, very long and complex finish. 94+ Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The nose has a sheen of glossy praline and almost toffee with peach and lemon-brulée notes, as well as lemon curd and mangoes. The palate has a super smooth and attractively round feel with a succulent and super slinky, utterly seductive texture. So delicious it’s crazy! Inner quote mark (7/2019)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

92-95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Clear bright colour with a green tint. There is volume here but it is not insistent. This builds beautifully to the back, with a touch of bitters to counterbalance the undoubted ripeness of the grape which is doing the dance of the seven veils. Tasted: May 2019." 91pts Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru has a touch more tropical fruit on the nose compared to the Les Butteaux, offering faint passion fruit, white peach and apricot scents with aeration. Lovely definition. The palate is well balanced with a slight waxiness on the entry, and a little pithy in style. Hints of yellow plum and spices emerge toward a finish that develops an appealing creamy texture with time. Excellent. But personally I prefer the nervosité of the Butteaux." (09/2020)

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