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2013 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Butteaux’ 1er Cru

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    Domaine François Raveneau
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Not only does the Raveneau family own many of the finest sites in the appellation, but their wines have a steely magnificence that captures the essence of Chablis’ distinctive terroir. The greatness of Raveneau’s Chablis has even led some to suggest they deserve an appellation of their own.
Raveneau wines are famous for their longevity. In fact, many believe that a top Raveneau Chablis doesn’t hit its stride until it’s at least 8 to 10 years old. At this time, the wines not only acquire even greater richness, but layer upon layer of previously hidden flavors are revealed.
Along with René and Vincent Dauvissat, Raveneau pioneered the use of Côte d’Or winemaking in Chablis, including barrel fermentation and extended lees contact.

Tasting Notes

92 Points Allen Meadows
There is just enough wood present to warrant commenting on as it sets off a less expressive nose that is comprised of mineral reduction, floral, pear and iodine scents. The palate impression is one of bigger, richer and more muscular flavors that also provide a lovely touch of stoniness on the solidly lingering finish that also displays a hint of warmth. As it usually is, this is a bit more structured with enough dry extract to allow this to be enjoyed young too.

93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux has a sensual nose with subtle hazelnut, smoke and almost resinous scents, verging on Riesling scents, that are beautifully defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with pleasing, mouth-watering salinity, easing back toward the finish with Granny Smith apples and a healthy dash of lemongrass. I can imagine this changing a lot in bottle – it comes across as a mercurial Chablis Butteaux.

2013 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Butteaux’ 1er Cru