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.
A discreet application of wood serves as a relatively neutral backdrop for the prominently floral-suffused and airy aromas of citrus, apple, iodine and oyster shell. There is fine volume and richness to the sappy and seductively textured flavors thanks to the abundant amount of dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm acid spine shaping the saline and bitter lemon-inflected finish. This too should age well over the next decade and perhaps even a bit longer. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 76; Rating 90-92 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons bursts with aromas of white flowers, mandarin, crisp yellow apples and honey, complemented by delicate hints of citrus blossom. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and textural, with more impact and amplitude on the attack than the Montmains but with less length on the finish for now. The domaine's holdings are exclusively in the lieu-dit Le Vaillon, with the exception of a parcel in Séchet that accounts for around 10% of the cuvée. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: NA; Rating: 90-92 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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