Drank with barramundi with a light lemon sauce. Very good pairing. Light, good mouthfeel, slightly floral, some citrus. Medium-length finish. Very enjoyable wine. — 4 months ago
Early valentines for Anne-Marie and I. We loathe the prix-fixe c’mon sheep Valentines rush. Surprised her with the bouquet, and this gem of a gift from @Martin G Rivard!
We went to Jean Georges at Pound Ridge, and shared the bottle with the tables either side of us - they also loved the wine. It’s big, bold and luscious. So infectious. Martin, can’t thank you enuf. — a year ago
Loved it. Crisp, lightly fruity, pear notes, apple. Excellent for appetizers or first course. Biodynamic. — 2 months ago
Natural wine very well done with a little oxidation to be interesting — 7 months ago
Ok, big mistake opening this wine as I thought I had grabbed a Gevrey-Chambertin VV. So let this be a lesson to you all: pay attention when retrieving wine! Now with that said, this was regal with extraordinary old vine concentration, red cherry and red raspberry aromas and flavors. Still exhibiting heavy toast oak from barrels and needs much more time to integrate. Yet this this a wine of class and extra dimension that should come with Grand Cru status. It does not disappoint. — 8 months ago
Light refreshing fruity — a year ago
I’ve been staring at this vintage in my collection for some time now. Decided it was time even though further benefits would come with more years in bottle. That’s not to say, we are not throughly enjoying this on a lazy sunny evening.
The nose reveals; lemon custard to meringue, green apple, lime zest, pineapple, grapefruit with pith, amazing honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, honey, flinty notes, some dry herbs, nuts, hints of butterscotch & toffee, some very light vanillin, crushed limestone minerals, jasmine and white spring flowers.
The body is round and voluptuous. The mouthfeel is incredible and creamy. Flat out gorgeous and sexy. lemon custard to meringue that falls into lemon sourness, green apple, lime zest, pineapple, grapefruit with pith, stone fruits, amazing honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, honey, steely & flinty notes, some dry herbs, nuts, more butterscotch toffee than the nose, some very light vanillin, more white spice with a little heat than the nose, crushed limestone minerals, powdery chalkiness jasmine and white spring flowers with greens. The acidity is amazing pure and simple. The long, round, voluptuous, gorgeous, elegant, incredibly well balanced and persists several minutes. Such a great producer! Believe the hype.
Excellent with Brie & white crackers with a drizzle of honey. As well, with the dry white Grand Queso which, has some nice nuttiness that plays well into the wine.
Notes on their vinification. Their viticulture is largely natural, with the old vines severely pruned in winter to reduce yields. After hand-harvesting, the fruit is pressed immediately and settled for half a day. Fermentation is largely in cuve, and the malolactic proceeds at its own pace, followed by a year’s aging in small oak barrels called feuillettes.
The feuillettes, about half the size of a barrique, are one of the keys to the expressiveness of Raveneaus wines. Averaging seven to eight years in age, they don’t contribute new oak aromas and flavors, but serve to gently open the wine during the élevage. This enhances the wonderful perfume and creamy texture that are the hallmarks of these wines, particularly when they are mature.
Their Foret Vineyard is only .67 ha. and the vines are roughly 15 years of age.
Photos of; Owner-Son and half of the winemaking team Jean-Marie Raveneau, Isabelle Ravenea in the cellar and the metal work sign that hangs above their facilities. If not for that sign, you would never know they were there on a quiet back street not far from the center of town. — 8 months ago