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2002 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru

  • 92 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 45864-2002-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Succulent, with a hint of oak masking a mineral element now, yet intense and focused, with honey, apple, lemon and spice flavors. Builds on the palate and improves with air. Fine length. Needs time. 75 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Rating: 92

    The 2002 Chablis Butteaux explodes from the glass with pulp-laden apples and salty minerals. Loads of creamed almonds, sea salt, pears, and apples can be found in its boisterously flavored core. Medium-bodied and with terrific mouth-feel (like a goose-down pillow), it possesses an admirably long, expressive finish.
    Author: Pierre Rovani
  • Rating: 92

    Very ripe aromas of peach, mirabelle, almond blossom, spices, white pepper and stone. Wonderfully juicy and spicy; ripe but not overly so. A step up in intensity and concentration over the foregoing 2002s, with a captivating peachy character. Finishes very long, spicy and firm.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2004
  • Rating: 92

    Finer and less aromatically expressive with less oak influence on the direct, linear and frank aromas of oyster shell, iodine and a lovely mineral component leads to even more complex flavors that display superb intensity and stunning length. The finish is racy yet completely buffered by the copious sap. A knockout.
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2004
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Still lovely juice. Time to drink up.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: Conrad K

In terms of Chablis, Raveneau has no equal. In 1948, Francois Raveneau purchased several vineyards, adding them to his wife's family collection of estates under the Dauvissat name. In the past, the Raveneau family would purchase vineyards, cultivate grapes, then sell the grapes to other estates. Francois' father Louis had owned multiple plots in Chablis before selling them off in the 1950s during the region's decline in popularity. By the 1960s, Francois saw renewed potential in Chablis wines, and decided to expand his holdings into grand cru parcels. As a result of these purchases and his experience as a fine grape grower, Raveneau earned a reputation as a premium winemaker by the end of the 1970s. After years of encouragement from the international community to open up his wine sales for export, Raveneau finally expanded into the international market for the first time in the 1980s. The popularity of the estate soon boomed, especially under its new winemaker, Jean-Marie Raveneau, who runs the estate to this day with assistance from his brother, Bernard.

The Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is made with 100 percent Chardonnay on 0.5 hectares of land. The limestone-rich soil, coupled with vines that are 45 years old, on average, result in grapes that are fully mature and are highly terroir-focused. Each vine is harvested by hand before the grapes are gently pressed using the pneumatic method. The estate is one of only five producers left in Chablis who still hand-harvest their fruit. The signature Chablis flavors are always present at this estate, since the Raveneau family only uses indigenous yeasts that match those that naturally occur on the land. The fermentation process takes as long as two weeks, and the wine is later aged for at least 18 months in old oak barrels.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 376 bottles owned
  • 68 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 68 collectors)