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2018 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

90-93 Points Allen Meadows
Once again the nose is both fresh and ripe though it’s not quite as elegant and airy as the Montmains though there is a bit more obvious Chablis character and particularly more mineral reduction. The sleeker if more muscular medium-bodied flavors are definitely more tightly coiled while displaying very good power and punch on the chiseled, bone dry and impressively lengthy finish. Lovely stuff.

92-94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux is another of the highlights chez Raveneau this year, wafting from the glass with a bouquet of green apples, iodine, lemon rind, oyster shell and white flowers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with promising cut and tension, good concentration and a long, mineral finish. This looks to be one of the most classically proportioned wines in the cellar in the 2018 vintage.

2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Butteaux’ 1er Cru