bought on release and stored since then, the bottle had such little ullage that the meniscus still touched the cork. Raveneau definitely puts 750 ml of wine into a 750 ml bottle–I’ve bought bottles that have no bubble at all.
This is a delightful Chablis drinking at its peak–and the 1996 peak is indeed a high one. There’s a complex nose that hints at the glories to be tasted, a melange of scents that come together in a wonderful way. The wine’s acidic edges have smoothed out and it coats the tongue and palate with gorgeous citrus, apple, honeysuckle and minerals, finishing long and clean with super precision and great drive.
It’s a real pleasure to drink this wine and makes me wonder just how good the three Raveneau grand crus could be in this vintage.