The most sublime and the most celebrated estate of Chablis, the wines of Domaine Raveneau are a rare find—exceptional because the vineyard holdings are almost entirely made of grand cru and premier cru fruit, painfully finite as so few are produced, outstanding because of their tremendous quality and consistency, and unusual given the modesty of the vignerons who create these world-class wines.
An admirably subtle application of wood sets off iodine-inflected aromas pear, apple and soft citrus scents. The sleek yet generously proportioned medium weight flavors retain a reasonably good sense of underlying tension on the nicely detailed, clean, moderately dry and once again, saline finish. This will need to add a bit of depth but the underlying material appears to be present for that to occur. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2023+; Issue: 76; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 89 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
Aromas of crisp white peach and green apples mingling with notes of oyster shell, white flowers and almond paste introduce Raveneau's 2017 Chablis Villages, a medium to full-bodied, ample and elegantly satiny wine with a lively spine of acidity, good depth and dimension, and a long, stony and very delicately wood-inflected finish. This is the finest rendition of this cuvée to date, and while it will reward some bottle age, it should offer a broad drinking window. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2021-2035; Rating: 91 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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