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.
Post-bottling sulfur currently dominates the underlying fruit though it shouldn't last for too long as it will be progressively absorbed. Otherwise, there is a notably finer mouth feel to the still remarkably concentrated, powerful and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that are shaped by citrus-tinged acidity on the agreeably dry, sappy and hugely long finale. I wouldn't describe this as a classic Raveneau Clos but it is certainly not without plenty of appeal. Tasted: Oct 18; Drink: 2026+; Issue: 72; Rating 94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Clos is the most reserved wine in the cellar, slowly unfurling with notes of lemon oil, spring flowers and wet stones, without ever revealing the full expression of fruit that will come with some time in bottle. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and powerful, with the most concentration, texture and extract of any wine in the cellar, structured around a succulent but soft line of acidity, the finish lent lift by subtle but mouthwatering grip. This will age on its concentration more than its acids, but it should develop very well in bottle. Tasted: Sept 18; Drink: 2022-2042; Rating: 95+ Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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