Healthy bright golden yellow. Smoky wet stone, oatmeal and a whiff of truffle on the nose, complicated by honey and pepper nuances; more evolved than the ’08 and not a particularly fruity style. Then silky and seamless on the palate, offering surprisingly racy acidity and salty mineral grip. Not hugely complex or ripe but a pleasant surprise and showing very well. Finishes with a slightly phenolic peppery quality. This firm wine should continue to age gracefully on its acidity. Hail cut the crop dramatically in 2007: just 35 hectoliters per hectare produced.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2031
Robert Parker 93-94
Toasted nuts and lemon oil in the nose of the Raveneau 2007 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre (whose quantities were drastically reduced by hail) put one in mind of the Cote d’Or. But from that point on, it turns in a direction not possible anywhere other than Chablis. Honey, citrus oil, and fresh ginger reinforce an impression of bitter-sweetness on the palate, along with suggestions of musk, crustacean reduction, and brine. This finishes with electric vivacity and implacable grip, the sharp concentration of ginger, iodine, lemon zest, and white pepper creating a memorable sense of vibrancy. One should be able to marvel at this for 10-12 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021