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.
Subtle wood surrounds mildly exotic aromas of white peach, melon and wet stone. There is both fine intensity and better detail to the medium-bodied flavors that are almost pungently stony while exhibiting plenty of citrus elements on the ever-so-slightly warm finale. This supple effort is on the lighter side but I like the depth and overall delivery. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 76; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 91 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
Confirming its promise from barrel, the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons bursts from the glass with notes of fresh peach, citrus blossom, green orchard fruit, beeswax and almond paste. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with a broad, textural attack, lively acids and excellent concentration. While it's one of the more expressive wines in the range it will reward some bottle age. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2022-2037; Rating: 93 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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