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.
Evident but not intrusive oak influence frames overtly floral-inflected aromas of various spice and citrus elements that add considerable breadth to the seashore, iodine and mineral reduction scents. As with the Valmur, there is excellent volume and power to the concentrated and quite serious flavors that brim with minerality on the youthfully austere finish that is much more refined. This too should be an especially long-lived 2017. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2032+; Issue: 76; Rating 94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
Raveneau's 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Clos is also immensely impressive, offering up aromas of citrus oil and preserved lemons, orange rind, yellow orchard fruit, almond paste and fresh pastry that are very subtly inflected by a light touch of oak spice. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with immense concentration, a broad-shouldered, textural profile and a long, powerful finish. In a blind tasting, this is the one wine in the portfolio that might almost pass for a grand cru from the Côte de Beaune; and in that sense, Chablis purists might be tempted to express a preference for the Valmur this year, but there is no denying that this is an extremely compelling Les Clos. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2025-2045; Rating: 96 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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