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 restrained with a distinctly cool fruit profile of green fruit and a plethora of classic Chablis elements that include iodine, quinine, oyster shell and smoky mineral reduction. There is excellent volume and power to the muscular big-bodied flavors that possess fine mid-palate density on the intensely saline-inflected finale. This possesses impressive development potential and should age well for years. Tasted: Oct 19; Drink: 2028+; Issue: 76; Rating 91-94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
While Les Clos tends to get most of the attention, the king of the cellar chez Raveneau this year may well prove to be the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, a serious and structured wine that unwinds in the glass with notes of green apple, citrus oil, oyster shell, white peach and iodine. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a blocky, tight-knit profile, lively acids and a long, stony finish. Tasted: Aug 19; Drink: NA; Rating: 94-96 Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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