2020 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre$599.99
Burghound 95 pts! A more elegant and ultra-cool nose reveals its combination of floral, citrus zest, iodine and that briny sea water character the best examples of Chablis all seem to possess, all of which is trimmed in moderate but not invasive wood. There isn't quite the same volume on the palate as the Butteaux, but the middleweight flavors are notably more refined before terminating in a driving, chiseled and citrusy bone-dry finale. I very much like the focused power of the finish and this classy effort should also amply reward extended cellaring. (Drink starting 2032)
John Gilman 95 pts! The 2020 Montée de Tonnerre chez Raveneau is another stunning wine in the making. The nose is bright, pure and youthful, jumping from the glass in a mix of apple, lemon, pear, paraffin, a superb base of limestone minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and properly reserved in personality today, with again, a rock solid core, a complex undertow of chalky minerality, bright, snappy acids and a very long, focused and superbly balanced finish. Another great young wine. (Drink between 2030 - 2080)
Jasper Morris 93-95 pts! Pale colour with a light reduction. This has slightly shut the wine down on the palate until you reach the finish where it explodes into a hitherto unseen peacock’s tail of flavour. A second barrel avoids the reduction and is much more open from the start, a little touch of cream on the stones. More opulent, more gracious and still with the wealth of fruit behind. What a contrast with the Vaillons but I love them both.