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2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Chapelot’ 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
This is restrained to the point of being almost mute and it requires aggressive swirling to coax notes of mineral reduction, citrus rind and plenty of seashore nuances to reveal themselves. The slightly richer and rounder flavors possess somewhat finer texture though at the expense of less minerality and detail on the clean and bone dry bitter lemon-infused finale that isn’t quite as complex. Even so, this is still quite good. Outstanding

92-94 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot is brilliant this year, and well worth a special effort to seek out. Revealing a pretty bouquet of white peach, green apple, spring flowers and wheat toast, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with exquisite textural finesse, lively acids and excellent depth at the core, concluding with a long, precise finish. This is a charming, elegant Chapelot that will offer a broad drinking window.

2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Chapelot’ 1er Cru