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.
Moderate reduction doesn't seem permanent though it does knock down the underlying fruit. There is excellent mid-palate concentration to the big, very rich and concentrated flavors that display a markedly round and suave mouth feel, all wrapped in a powerful if somewhat youthfully awkward and warm finish. I very much like the overall depth and length and my sense is, and particularly so given this wine's impeccable track record, that it will ultimately harmonize much more completely. Tasted: Oct 18; Drink: 2024+; Issue: 72; Rating 93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is a rich, exotic rendition of this great bottling, exhibiting aromas of honeyed peach, crisp apricot and sweet spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, powerful and layered, with a deep and ample mid-palate, concluding with a long, saline finish. It's a textural, gourmand Valmur that I suspect may resemble the 2001 vintage when it reaches maturity. Tasted: Sept 18; Drink: 2020-2035; Rating: 94+ Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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