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2021 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ 1er Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine François Raveneau
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Not only does the Raveneau family own many of the finest sites in the appellation, but their wines have a steely magnificence that captures the essence of Chablis’ distinctive terroir. The greatness of Raveneau’s Chablis has even led some to suggest they deserve an appellation of their own.
Raveneau wines are famous for their longevity. In fact, many believe that a top Raveneau Chablis doesn’t hit its stride until it’s at least 8 to 10 years old. At this time, the wines not only acquire even greater richness, but layer upon layer of previously hidden flavors are revealed.
Along with René and Vincent Dauvissat, Raveneau pioneered the use of Côte d’Or winemaking in Chablis, including barrel fermentation and extended lees contact.

Tasting Notes

95 Points Allen Meadows
From several parcels totaling 2.5 ha with two-thirds of it in Chapelot and the remainder in Pied d’Aloup There is an interesting minty hint to the wonderfully elegant and even more floral-suffused aromas of citrus confit, shellfish and green apple. The almost painfully intense middleweight flavors possess striking transparency on the borderline aggressively stony, focused and impressively long finish. I very much like the inherent sophistication as well as the overall sense of balance. In a word, stunning.

95 Points Decanter
As expected with Montée de Tonnerre, there are great reserves of power and energy here. Concentrated, fine and with great purity, oak adds subtle extra dimensions in the background. Lovely acidity and a touch of spice to finish. Great class. Raveneau’s Montée de Tonnerre is over 3ha in area, accounting for around 1/3 of the estates holdings. Around 1.8ha are located on the mid-slopes of Chapelot. with 1.2ha at higher altitude in Pied d’Aloup which adds additional freshness and vivacity.

2021 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Montée de Tonnerre’ 1er Cru