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1990 Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er [water stained label]
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"This bottle of the 1990 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre derives from a special cuvée that was never released by the Raveneau family, so I've refrained from giving a score but included this note for interest. In times gone by, Chablis was vinified and sold in new half-barrels (called "feuilletes") to be bottled by the purchaser: winemaking was more oxidative ("air is the wine's friend," François Raveneau used to say), with two rackings and 18 months of élevage. To celebrate the birth of his son, Jean-Marie Raveneau attempted something similar in 1990, keeping two new (full-sized) barrels of Montée de Tonnerre separate from the main cuvée and racking them twice before bottling. Offering up aromas of burnished apple, beeswax, tangerine oil, iodine, subtle spices and nougat, the wine has integrated its new oak quite well, though it's higher-toned than the regular cuvée. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and ample but precise, with tangy acids and a pure, mineral finish. This is certainly a fascinating Chablis!" - William Kelley, robertparker.com (Mar 29, 2019)