2012 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru
Burghound | Rating: 94A strikingly elegant and pure nose that features notes of white flowers, spiced pear, iodine and oyster shell is also trimmed in a deft touch of oak. There is remarkable concentration to the intense, driving and highly energetic flavors that exude a fine minerality on the explosively long finish. This really builds from the mid-palate before staining the palate as it fans out. Most impressive.Author: Allen Meadows
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94Bright pale yellow. Discreet, high-pitched, very pure aromas of lime, mint and quinine lifted by a whiff of illegal herbs. Quite austere and dry, even bitter-edged today, conveying a youthfully imploded impression and a repeating resiny element. Made from half of a normal crop, this painfully backward Montee de Tonnerre is a cipher today. Best today on the very long, subtle back end.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 2013
Vinous | Rating: 95Petrol, graphite, smoke, slate and white stone fruits grace the palate in the 2012 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre. Vivid and utterly crystalline, Raveneaus's 2012 is a great essay into to qualities of one of the great - maybe the single greatest - 1er Cru site in Chablis. The 2012 has a few more new oak than is typically the case, as most of the new barrels in this vintage were used here. A thrilling finish rounds things off in style.Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2012 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre, which comes from several plots ranging from 10 to 60 years old, has a very harmonious nose, perhaps showing a little more wood than it will in a few years' time, but very focused and poised. The palate is very refined, a little more Burgundian in style at the moment, almost like a Batard-Montrachet in style. This has panache to spare and the length is awe-inspiring. Drink 2015-2030.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 93Author: Mark Fox
In terms of Chablis, Raveneau has no equal. In 1948, Francois Raveneau purchased several vineyards, adding them to his wife's family collection of estates under the Dauvissat name. In the past, the Raveneau family would purchase vineyards, cultivate grapes, then sell the grapes to other estates. Francois' father Louis had owned multiple plots in Chablis before selling them off in the 1950s during the region's decline in popularity. By the 1960s, Francois saw renewed potential in Chablis wines, and decided to expand his holdings into grand cru parcels. As a result of these purchases and his experience as a fine grape grower, Raveneau earned a reputation as a premium winemaker by the end of the 1970s. After years of encouragement from the international community to open up his wine sales for export, Raveneau finally expanded into the international market for the first time in the 1980s. The popularity of the estate soon boomed, especially under its new winemaker, Jean-Marie Raveneau, who runs the estate to this day with assistance from his brother, Bernard.
The Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is made with 100 percent Chardonnay on 0.5 hectares of land. The limestone-rich soil, coupled with vines that are 45 years old, on average, result in grapes that are fully mature and are highly terroir-focused. Each vine is harvested by hand before the grapes are gently pressed using the pneumatic method. The estate is one of only five producers left in Chablis who still hand-harvest their fruit. The signature Chablis flavors are always present at this estate, since the Raveneau family only uses indigenous yeasts that match those that naturally occur on the land. The fermentation process takes as long as two weeks, and the wine is later aged for at least 18 months in old oak barrels.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 223 bottles owned
- 30 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 30 collectors)