2009 Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre, 1er Cru, Domaine Raveneau, Burgundy

2009 Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre, 1er Cru, Domaine Raveneau, Burgundy

Product: 20098012209
2009 Chablis, Montée de Tonnerre, 1er Cru, Domaine Raveneau, Burgundy

Description

Raveneau's 2009 Chablis 1er Cru Monte de Tonnerre was gorgeous in its youth, and while the wine is still drinking very well, it has begun to lose a bit of energy, so I would be inclined to start pulling corks on remaining bottles. Aromas of ripe lemon, spring flowers and Asian pear precede a medium-full, richly textural wine with chewy phenolic grip on the finish but a somewhat low-acid profile that reflects the warm growing season and harvest.
William Kelley - 31/01/2018

wine at a glance

Delivery and quality guarantee

Buying options

Available by the case In Bond. Pricing excludes duty and VAT, which must be paid separately before delivery. Find out more.
You can place a bid for this wine on BBX

About this WINE

Domaine Raveneau

Domaine Raveneau

Domaine Raveneau is Chablis's finest producer. Jean Raveneau has 7 hectares of vines and produces beautifully crafted wines from three Grands Crus (Blanchot, les Clos and Valmur and four Premiers Crus (Montée de Tonnerres, les Vaillons, Butteaux and Chapelot) All the grapes are hand harvested (one of the very few remaining growers in Chablis to do so) and Jean Marie prefers to pick early rather than late, with the aim of preserving the grapes' acidities.

The grapes are fermented in stainless steel vats and the wine are then aged in large oak feuilletes (the barrels have an average age of 7-8 years) for 18 months. Very low yields allied to meticulous wine making techniques are what make these wines so highly prized. They are renowned for their pure, racy minerality and rich, honeyed fruit, as well as for their ageworthiness - it would be a pity not to let them have the five to ten years in the cellar that they need to reach their sublime best.

Find out more
Chablis Premier Cru

Chablis Premier Cru

Chablis Premiers Crus are stylish, minerally wines which, typically, are less intense than the Grand Crus but finer and longer-lasting than basic Chablis. They are highly underrated with the better examples outclassing many a good village white Burgundy.

The vineyards cover 750 hectares, scattered across 15 communes on isolated slopes with good exposure. There are 17 principal Premiers Crus but in total 79 vineyards are eligible, with most of the lesser-known ones using a more familiar umbrella name on their label. The best flank the Grands Crus on the north bank of the River Serein, like Montée de Tonnerre (probably the best of all), Fourchaume and Mont de Milieu.

Those just south of Chablis, like Vaillons, Montmains (especially Les Forêts) and Côte de Léchet are also good. With the vineyard area having doubled since the 1970s, quality varies enormously so, as ever, the producer is key.

Styles also vary, with some maturing and fermenting in stainless steel for a purer, more minerally style, while others age and sometimes even ferment their wines in oak for extra complexity.  The best examples reach their apogee at eight to 10 years, but are normally enjoyed long before then.

Recommended producers: Jean-Claude BessinBillaud-SimonSéguinot-BordetJ.-P. & Benoit DroinDuplessisDefaix

Find out more
Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

Find out more

Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate90/100
Burghound93/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate90/100
Raveneau's 2009 Chablis 1er Cru Monte de Tonnerre was gorgeous in its youth, and while the wine is still drinking very well, it has begun to lose a bit of energy, so I would be inclined to start pulling corks on remaining bottles. Aromas of ripe lemon, spring flowers and Asian pear precede a medium-full, richly textural wine with chewy phenolic grip on the finish but a somewhat low-acid profile that reflects the warm growing season and harvest.
William Kelley - 31/01/2018 Read more
Burghound93/100
Subtle wood sets off aromas of flowers, oyster shell and tidal pool that complement perfectly the racy, pure and strikingly well-detailed medium plus weight flavors that brim with minerality on the delicious, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This beautifully vibrant and concentrated effort should drink well young and age well too plus it's more classic in style than many wines from this vintage.
Allen Meadows, burghound.com Read more