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.
Once again the nose is markedly cool and reserved with its prominently floral and citrus-suffused aromas of wet stone, shellfish and pungent iodine wisps. The sleek, sophisticated and focused larger-scaled flavors brim with minerality and a reasonable amount of dry extract while the driving, chiseled and linear finish is strikingly long. Interestingly, this doesn't possess the same density as either the Blanchot or the Valmur but even so it is so compact that it's clear this is going to require extended cellaring to arrive at its apogee. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2030+; Issue: 76; Comments: Don't miss!; Rating 92-95 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Clos is also showing very well, exhibiting aromas of lemon oil, confit citrus fruit, yellow apples, white flowers and almond paste. On the palate, it's full-bodied, powerful and broad shouldered, with a deep, layered core, considerable concentration and an intensely saline finish. This is an expansive, large-scaled Les Clos that should prove comparatively precocious by the standards of this cuvée. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: NA; Rating: 93-95 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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