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 also quite floral with ripe and softly spicy aromas that combine notes of exotic fruit, in particular white peach and mango, with those of citrus and quinine. The more refined and equally sleek middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension while delivering sneaky good persistence on the relatively powerful and slightly drier finish. Good stuff here and worth considering. Tasted: Oct 18; Drink: 2024+; Issue: 72; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 92 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is showing particularly well from bottle, exhibiting aromas of lemon oil, white flowers, green apples and a light framing of reduction. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, glossy and textural, with excellent concentration, chewy structure and a long, intense finish. It's one 2016 that can go head to head with its 2017 counterpart. Tasted: Sept 18; Drink: 2018-2035; Rating: 93 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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