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 elegant, pure and airy array is comprised by notes of white flowers, pear, green apple and plenty of classic Chablis elements. The clean, precise and impressively intense middle weight flavors are like rolling small rocks around in the mouth, all wrapped in a sneaky long finish that is also very, very saline. This will require at least 5+ years of cellaring and reward 10+. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2027+; Issue: 76; Rating 93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot is showing brilliantly, delivering a complex bouquet of honeysuckle, smoke, mandarin and wheat toast. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and satiny-textured, with striking concentration, lively acids and a pure, precise finish. From the domaine's oldest parcel—planted in 1936—this is a powerful, ineffably complete Blanchot that will be well worth following for three decades. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2025-2047; Rating: 95 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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