While not necessarily my favorite vintage for Raveneau, I’ve been finding many other 16’s to be in a great spot of late, much more so than even just a year ago, further proving the frost burdened growing season has become a year of terroir over vintage for white burg. Such is the same for 16 Valmur, and a requested pre-dinner multi-hour decant served well to reveal its layered aromatic complexity and depth of yellow orchard fruit with exotic spice, crème fraîche and wet stones. The palate is rich, deep and textural, really filling out with air, continuing to gain in weight and power and concluding with an incredibly persistent saline and mineral laced finish. Last sips were the best.
Code yellow ftw ✨ — 10 days ago
Your nose it greeted by a wave of spicy red fruit and florals. The palate is met by earth, minerals and concentrated but not heavy red fruit. Persistent & great balance.. having so little experience with this wine makes it very hard to give a drinking window. For me it was in a perfect spot￼￼. — 15 days ago
Having selected Raveneau Valmur of the same vintage the prior night I thought it’d be fun to compare Dauvissat’s Clos. Also with a requested pre-dinner decant, it’s classic in style, seamlessly balanced between power and elegance and highly aromatic with layers of yellow orchard fruit, citrus blossoms, beeswax and stony minerals. The palate is rich, but not as weighty and textural as the Raveneau was, but instead shows great purity and focus with racy citrusy acids, a sea spray-like salinity and a long mineral inflicted finale. Excellent. — 9 days ago
What a wonderful surprise. Clearly not ready for consumption but all the parts were there. Just needs more time to come together. — 19 days ago
Celebrating my b-day today with this beautiful Golden hay Chardonnay and sushi! Yummy!!! Nose is subtle but complex. Initially, Apple-pear and coconut dominate the senses followed by lemon zest, baked apple and sandalwood. Taste - white peach, apricot fruits and floral are soft on the palate, but the texture of a chalky oil feel coat the entire mouth and secondary notes of orange rind, lemon, green melon and minerals give this wine its long finish. A great evening of celebration and gratitude! — 12 days ago
Casually poured double-blind from a brown bag at the very end of the night while our heads were still spinning from the incredible quality on display. The senses were overloaded. It was blood lust. And then…I smelled my glass. An overwhelming feeling of serenity washed over me. It’s was almost as if a pair of noise-cancelling headphones were placed in my ears. This was different. It commanded attention. This wasn’t a wine from the Rhône. It smelled like Burgundy…and it was special. There was brilliant structure accompanying the most sublime fruits and exotic spices. I looked up at my buddy Matt who was also nosing his glass and our eyes met. He was also spellbound. He then quietly declared to me, “this is DRC”. I thought to myself, surely no. This late? After everything we just had?? Until now, I had never tried DRC so I had no frame of reference but Matt seemed pretty confident. Then some of the others started to fall into the trance. Everyone was falling over themselves. The bottle was pulled from the bag by our host. And there it was. A 2011 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Échézeaux. It was just beautiful. I was different now…almost like losing my virginity. What a sensational nightcap. — 16 days ago