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.
This is restrained to the point of being almost mute and it requires aggressive swirling to coax notes of mineral reduction, citrus rind and plenty of seashore nuances to reveal themselves. The slightly richer and rounder flavors possess somewhat finer texture though at the expense of less minerality and detail on the clean and bone dry bitter lemon-infused finale that isn't quite as complex. Even so, this is still quite good. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2026+; Issue: 76; Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding; Rating 90-93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot is brilliant this year, and well worth a special effort to seek out. Revealing a pretty bouquet of white peach, green apple, spring flowers and wheat toast, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with exquisite textural finesse, lively acids and excellent depth at the core, concluding with a long, precise finish. This is a charming, elegant Chapelot that will offer a broad drinking window. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: NA; Rating: 92-94 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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