The Pétrus-beating Ravanes Les Gravières du Taurou 2000, at age 17


There’s a story behind this wine, and it’s quite a fun one. I tasted it first blind, back in 2004. This was a blind tasting comparing the best of Languedoc-Roussillon with benchmark wines, and it was really interesting. I gave this a very good score then, so it was nice to revisit it at age 17, some 13 years later. It has aged pretty well, although if I had any I’d drink it before too long.

Domaine de Ravanes Les Gravières du Taurou 2000 Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Murviel, France
14.5% alcohol. Deeply coloured and concentrated, with some tar, vanilla and spice lurking behind the sweet blackcurrant and cherry fruit. There’s a creaminess to this wine, with freshness and concentration. The fruit is sleek and lush, and still quite youthful at age 17, which is remarkable. Ripe and sweet but fresh and well defined, with some green notes lurking in the background. Ageing very well. 93/100

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1 comment to The Pétrus-beating Ravanes Les Gravières du Taurou 2000, at age 17

  • Vin

    Made me check as I bought the 1998 from La Vigneronne and I found I have one bottle tucked away. Obviously time to drink up, fingers crossed it’s not too far down the slippery slope.

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