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2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Clos’ Grand 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

92-95 Points Allen Meadows
Once again the nose is markedly cool and reserved with its prominently floral and citrus-suffused aromas of wet stone, shellfish and pungent iodine wisps. The sleek, sophisticated and focused larger-scaled flavors brim with minerality and a reasonable amount of dry extract while the driving, chiseled and linear finish is strikingly long. Interestingly, this doesn’t possess the same density as either the Blanchot or the Valmur but even so it is so compact that it’s clear this is going to require extended cellaring to arrive at its apogee.

93-95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Clos is also showing very well, exhibiting aromas of lemon oil, confit citrus fruit, yellow apples, white flowers and almond paste. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, powerful and broad shouldered, with a deep, layered core, considerable concentration and an intensely saline finish. This is an expansive, large-scaled Les Clos that should prove comparatively precocious by the standards of this cuvée.

2018 Domaine François Raveneau Chablis ‘Clos’ Grand Cru