2007 Raveneau: Simply Epic

Posted by CrushWine

Grand Cru in Spirit, Size and Severity
2007 Raveneau Chablis 1er Montée de Tonnerre
Do you enjoy aggressively classic, old school Chablis?

The word "epic" comes to mind.

"Profound" works too.

Raveneau's 2007s are ruthless, chiseled, unapologetic, thundering Chablis.

This is simply a superb vintage - the best 2007 Chablis uniquely combine the dramatic cut and precision of the 2004s with the concentration and power of the 2005s.

For *anyone* obsessed with terroir-driven Chablis, wines with clarity, cut and force - 2007 is a vintage not to be missed.

As the Burghound writes: "If you enjoy almost aggressively classic, old school Chablis, then buy 2007." (Yes, we like "aggressively classic, old school Chablis" A LOT.)

Today it's with some pride that we offer a healthy sized parcel of Raveneau's 1er Cru Chablis Montée de Tonnerre. For us, this is a special bottle in the Raveneau stable - the 1er Cru that walks and talks like a Grand Cru.

Have no doubt about it, while the Montée de Tonnerre is technically a 1er Cru vineyard, the wine has a density and size to it that humbles most of the Grand Crus, with the exception of Clos (of course). There is precision and clarity, especially in the awe-inspiring 2007, yet Raveneau's Montée de Tonnerre is full, chewy, silky and sappy with concentration - a monster Chablis that gushes with stone, sea salt, honeyed fruit and flowers.

Collectors take advantage: This is not an easy wine to source in any quantity, especially at the price we can offer it today. Raveneau is normally allocated in 1, 2 and 3-bottle quantities and only to the top collectors and past buyers.

That said, this vintage is so good, so evocative of the shivering terroir of Chablis, that I'd encourage those of you who have never tasted a Raveneau to consider the indulgence. This is a bottle of wine that will change any and all pre-conceived notions of what Chablis is, or can be.

While the potential here is immense, the 2007s are wines that will demand some cellar time to reach their peak expression. We've had recent encounters with both the 1992 and the vaunted 1996 Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre and both still had a humbling vigor that had only been polished, not weakened, by their 15+ years of cellaring. The Burghound advises a 6-8 year slumber for the 2007 Montée de Tonnerre.

Our parcel arrives later winter / early spring 2010. Please give us your maximum order and we will allocate accordingly. Because of expected demand, all orders are subject to confirmation. To order, email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director of Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2007 Raveneau 1er Cru Chablis Montée de Tonnerre

Special Email Price: $129.95
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Special Email 4-Pack Price: $499.96 ($124.99/btl)
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Burghound: This offers a step up in aromatic elegance with acacia blossom, quinine, citrus peel and sea shore aromas that are framed by a gentle touch of wood, which is also reflected by the intense, powerful and quite serious big-bodied flavors that ooze dry extract that confers a silky and sappy mouth feel to the seductive and long finish. Still, this will require at least 6 to 8 years to really be at its best and it should live for years after that.

Pre-Arrival - 07 Raveneau arrives Spring 2010
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