2015 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92-93
Burghound: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :


"The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a tightly wound bouquet with a slight fumé note at first, then a trace of sea cave and a tang of the sea. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity. This has wonderful harmony, a dash of nutmeg and spice that emerges toward the finish and a very persistent aftertaste that will not go away (not that you want it to). This is an outstanding Montée de Tonnerre destined to give a lot of Chablis-lovers a lot of pleasure." (WA)

"(tasted from cuve just before bottling; this fruit was harvested quickly after the hailstorm): Pale yellow. Very ripe nose hints at pineapple, almond flower and smoke. Fat, plush and sweet on entry, with spicy citrus fruit flavors showing an almost glyceral quality and building impressively through the finish. But crushed-stone minerality clamps down on the wine's aftertaste, leaving this very broad premier cru quite dry and uncompromising. The vines here were carrying about 50 hectoliters per hectare until the hailstorm, which cut the crop in half, according to Isabelle Raveneau, who added that in 2016 the Montée de Tonnerre crop was very low from the beginning of the season. (Raveneau opened a bottle of the 2014 Montée de Tonnerre for comparison, and this stunning wine is a considerably more classic version of this great premier cru, beginning with its very subtle aromas of white peach, medicinal herbs, white truffle and toast. The wine delivers an extraordinarily extract-rich yet silky texture and a magically light touch, not to mention rich saline minerality and a finish that builds inexorably. I rated this wine 94 points last year just after the bottling and give it 95 points today. I can easily see this wine evolving in bottle for 20 years.)" (VM)

"Here too there is ample mineral reduction character present on the elegant, pure and airy aromas of pear, apple and white flowers that are trimmed in just enough wood to merit mentioning. There is excellent punch and intensity to the more precise middle weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while exhibiting a gorgeously persistent finish. This doesn't appear to have suffered much if at all from the hail damage." (BH)