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.
There is excellent freshness and complexity to the layered combination of mineral reduction, pear, green apple, white flower and quinine water. There is equally good freshness and verve to the big-bodied, muscular and powerful flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that coats the palate while buffering the impressively long, lemony, chiseled and mildly austere finish. Impressive though note that patience is required. Tasted: Oct 16; Drink: 2024+; Issue: 64; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux is a brilliant young wine, offering up a classy bouquet of minty green apple, salty oystershells, lemon oil, wet stones and subtle white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample but controlled, with a stunning alliance of elegantly glossy texture and tangy acidity. Structurally, the wine is quite tight-knit and firm at the core, with exceptional depth, though such is its balance and harmony that it's deceptively drinkable today. The true fireworks, however, will be reserved for those with the patience to cellar this Chablis for another 6 or 7 years. A strong case could be made that the 2014 is the finest Raveneau Butteaux in a decade. Tasted: Sept 18; Drink: 2024-2040; Rating: 94 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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