Domaine Francois Raveneau Montee de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru – 2014

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Wine Information

Region

France > Burgundy > Chablis > Chablis

Producer

Domaine Francois Raveneau

Type

White

Grape

Chardonnay

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Vineyard

Montee de Tonnerre

Producer

Domaine Francois Raveneau

Appellation

Chablis

Designation

AOP

Classification

Premier Cru

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 31/10/2017
Drink: 2020-2040


"Tasted blind at the Burgfest annual tasting, Raveneau's 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre was not quite the stellar wine that I tasted at the domaine last year...but it is still bloody good! It has a crisp bouquet with great clarity; Granny Smith apples, flint and wet limestone scents gently unfurling in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry. I appreciate the brightness and tension of this Chablis, particularly the sappiness that comes through on the finish that shows assiduous use of oak. Sublime. Plus, it will improve with age."


Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2019-2045


The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a complex bouquet with hints of white chocolate and grilled almond interwoven between the citrus fruit. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite tensile from the beginning, with a compelling salinity on the finish that fans out with gusto. This is a Montée de Tonnerre cruising at Grand Cru altitude. This may well represent the finest Chablis that I have ever encountered from Montée de Tonnerre.


Vinous
Tasted: 07/01/2016
Drink: 2019-2032
Author: Stephen Tanzer


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/08/2015
Drink: 2018-2038


The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre has a potent, gun-flint bouquet: stern and linear, more backward that Raveneau's other premier crus at the moment. The palate is fresh and crisp, beautifully poised, very harmonious with a gentle build in the mouth to a sophisticated, comparatively rich finish that just hangs in the air like a final piano chord in a concert theater...

...This is one of those incredible Chablis wines that will effortlessly deliver Grand Cru quality - the pinnacle of Raveneau's premier crus. It is stiflingly hot in Chablis. The sun is beating down mercilessly. What better way to cool down than a tasting at Domaine Raveneau? Isabelle Raveneau, who has taken an increasingly central role in the running of Chablis' most famous Domaine, advised that it was particularly cool down in their barrel cellar and recommended a jacket, a thought that was inconceivable given the heat outside. I told her that I would relish the chance to cool down in a T-shirt and managed to taste through their 2013s in bottle and 2014s from barrel without contracting hypothermia. "We are happy with the overall quality of the 2013s given the vintage," Isabelle told me in her impeccable English, honed during her time living in Kent. "September was very sunny but you had humidity, so the grapes turned from 'just about ripe' to rot within a week. How quick you harvested was important as botrytis was spread and yields were getting low. Everything harvested at the beginning was more "classic," for example the Vaillons, compared to say the Fôrets that was harvested later. It was very frustrating. The berries were not very healthy, so we had to use more sulfur than usual. That damages the bacteria and delayed the fermentation and the malolactic. We had to make sure that the juices were clear when they were being racked. You had to be attentive what you were doing and monitor all the time. We bottled two months earlier than usual as they felt they were ready. The acidity is lower and we wanted to keep the freshness and fruit. That was fine because we racked the 2014s early in January, so everything worked out. The 2013s have a botrytis character. I don't think it is a vintage to age because the levels of acidity are lower. The lack of wine was a real issue for some domaines in 2013." "With respect to 2014 - everything changed on August 20. We had a very sunny and warm September and even October was lovely. We picked from September 17 for about five-and-a-half days. It is because of this good weather that the fermentation went smoothly. In 2014, everything was finished before Xmas. By then it was ready to be racked and the wines could come down into the cellar. But for 2013, the malolactics were sometimes still going on in January so we had to keep heating until the summer, yet still the malolactic was going really slow."


Profile

Domaine François Raveneau
Estate Information
Area under vines: 8 hectares
Soils: Limestone Kimmerdgien
Average of the Vineyards : 30 to 40 years
Production: 50 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in barrels for 18 months

Grape varieties:
  • Chardonnay
Domaine Type: Grower
Winemaker: Jean-Marie Raveneau

Grand Cru Vineyard Holdings:
  • Chablis, Blanchot Grand Cru
  • Chablis Valmur Grand Cru
  • Chablis Chapelot Grand Cru
  • Chablis Les clos Grand Cru

Premiers Cru Vineyard Holdings:
  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
  • Chablis 1er Cru Les Forêts
  • Chablis 1er Cru Mont-Mains
  • Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
  • Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux


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Location

Chablis, Bourgogne, France
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