2011 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru

raveneau 010It was a sheer vinfanticide to consume a bottle of this last Friday night but it’s under cork and my life is too short for the experience of sporadic oxidation…not to mention the fact that oxidation is far from sporadic when it comes to aged white Burgundy sealed with cork.

Shy aromas but intense and lactic in the mouth. It immediately becomes more taut and incisive once you swallow. Lemon citrus with an orange tinge, green pear, sea spray and a garnish of mild micro herbs. It’s got that struck flint verging on smoke thing happening and there’s some chalky texture as the flavour pierces the back-palate. Delicious now but I do wish it were sealed in a manner that allowed me to cellar it with confidence. 94+

Region: Chablis, Burgundy
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Cork
Price: $115
Tasted: January 2014

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4 Responses to 2011 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru

  1. Nice of the Raveneaus to send you a bottle to review..

  2. GW says:

    It’s never to early to drink them in my opinion.
    Also, I’ve not experienced a problem with Chablis and oxidation, as such, to any extent like white Burgundy.

    • Michael Charles says:

      I’ve had a few over the years that have been oxidized or tainted. Particularly those from that co-op, whatever it’s called (La Chablisienne, I think).


  3. Most Burgundy producers send me their wares Rich…but they’re all so ho hum I rarely review them :)

    Interesting experience re Chablis and random oxidation GW. Maybe I should look at the two groups quite separately and see how I fare with my rare ventures in the future. I have been guilty of lumping them together in one category when the cork fails so perhaps I’ve done a disservice to Chablis. I suspect I’ll buy another bottle of this. It was initially meant to last a few more years but I do get greedy and look for excuses to drink now…when I probably don’t need any.

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