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.
In contrast to many of the prior wines, this is much less 2016 in style with its pure and airy aromas of very pretty floral, pear, oyster shell and plenty of citrus elements. The rich but silky, even caressing flavors exude evident minerality on the sappy bitter lemon-inflected finish that delivers first rate length. An excellent if not truly sensational Raveneau Blanchot. Tasted: Oct 18; Drink: 2024+; Issue: 72; Rating 93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot wasn't frosted, and it's one of the highlights of the range chez Raveneau this year, wafting from the glass with a lovely bouquet of white flowers, Meyer lemon, honeycomb and crisp pear. On the palate, it's full-bodied, satiny and concentrated, with a deep core, juicy acids and a long, beautifully delineated finish. It's a superb Blanchot that will develop gracefully for two decades or more. Tasted: Sept 18; Drink: 2020-2040; Rating: 94 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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