Montée de Tonnerre is consistently cited as the top premier cru vineyard in Chablis. Like the other two top Chablis premier crus, Fourchaume and Mont de Milieu, it lies on the right bank of the Serien, immediately southeast of the Grand Crus, sharing their southwest facing orientation. It is separated from the Grand Cru Les Blanchots Vineyard by a narrow ravine. It is a large vineyard, at 40.22 hectares. Many critics agree that, in the hands of the Raveneaus, Montée de Tonnerre is as good as the Grand Crus of most other producers. It produces powerful, muscular and closed wines that typically need 10 or more years to develop and blossom.
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May 15, 200394 Fabulous. Opulent and full-bodied, this combines the flinty, mineral character of Chablis with honey and baking bread aromas and flavors, all backed by a bracing acidity. Give it a few more years to integrate all the elements. Best from 2005 through 2020. 205 cases imported.
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July 200292 (bottled in November; 2 of the domain 7.5 hectares are in this premier cru) Deep, complex nose melds grapefruit, powdered stone, apple and mint. A step up in concentration and texture from the foregoing premier crus. Thick, suave and seamless; dry, classy and rich. Finishes very long, with a flavor of wet stone. Will be a superb bottle.
July 27, 201190 (opened from personal storage). Interesting notes of fennel, green Chablis fruit and straw introduce medium weight, slightly austere, understated, precise flavors that deliver plenty of complexity and length but lack the same density as the 2001 version. To be sure, this is an excellent wine and Raveneau may have been a bit too modest in his comments about the vintage as this is really lovely if not genuinely incredible. As to maturity, for my taste this has reached a point where it can be enjoyed now though it will certainly hold for years to come. The question is whether the finishing austerity will soften as the finish is definitely reticent. Multiple and pretty much consistent notes though I have had at least two bottles that displayed mild pre-mox issues.