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 less elegant if much more pungent nose is comprised by notes of bees wax, mineral reduction, essence of pear, iodine and shrimp shells. As is usually the case, the broad-shouldered flavors are bigger, richer, more powerful and more muscular if less refined and mineral-driven on the highly energetic and once again, super-saline finish. This brawny Valmur should be a particularly long-lived 2017. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2032+; Issue: 76; Rating 93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is brilliant, unwinding in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of Meyer lemon and white peach with notes of oyster shell, iodine, wet stones, blanched almonds and wheat toast. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and searingly concentrated, with racy acids, chewy structuring extract and a long, precise and mouthwatering finish. Cropped at a mere 13 hectoliters per hectare, it nonetheless retains superb balance and a very promising sense of reserve. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: 2025-2045; Rating: 97 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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