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Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2011

Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2011

Sublime sophistication, Raveneau's 2011 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre shows its pedigree with complex aromas of roasted pear, earth, hazelnut, iodine, and smoke. The influence of Kimmeridgian soils is evident on the palate, one that is both expansive and neatly tailored, swathed in stone fruit and lemon curd tightly bound by a mineral spine. The finish is intense, meandering and tipped in fleur de sel and dried herbs, especially tarragon. 9.3 Points ...

Patrick Piuze 'Val de Mer' Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012

Patrick Piuze ‘Val de Mer’ Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2012

Ripe and expressive, the 2012 Patrick Piuze Val de Mer Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is bursting with honey, white flowers and wet river rock. While medium-bodied, the texture is slightly waxy, verging on tropical with notes of lush papaya, dried pineapple and lemon curd set against a pronounced mineral finish of wet shell and sel gris, thanks to Kimmeridgien soils that distinguish this as a Grand Cru. "Val de Mer" itself is located on an 18-hectare parcel off the left bank of the Serein River, the name means "Valley of the Sea," a nod to the marine soils that are one of the distinguishing traits of the region. My impression is that at least some of the wine has been vinified in oak, but I haven't been able to verify if this is the case. 9.2 Points...