Classic, steely aromas of wet stone, gunflint and humid earth; a very pure expression of this grand cru site. Big and broad on the palate, with mouthstaining concentration, but much more backward than the Blanchots, and not yet showing that wine's sweetness or opulence of texture. Today, the strong acids have the upper hand. But finishes with explosive length and superb elegance. A great wine in the making. Makes a strong argument for Valmur as the next-best Chablis grand cru following Les Clos.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
Raveneau's 2002 Chablis Valmur is magnificent. Loads of earth tones, apples, flint, and white peaches are found in its boisterous aromatics. My notes read |an essence of perfectly ripened Chablis grape skins|. Seashells, minerals, flint, copious spices, pears, and apples are intertwined in its complex core of fruit. This full-bodied wine wows the taster with its concentration, depth, awesomely supple texture, as well as by its huge length. |2002 was the kind of vintage we'd love to see every year, it has excellent balance and loads of flesh,| said Bernard Raveneau. Harvest for the Raveneaus began the last week of September, and the grapes were |healthy, with between 4 and 4.5 grams of acidity (per liter), and ripe, there was no need to chaptalize.| The estate's wines will be bottled in April and May, 2004. I have never tasted a line-up of Chablis with the sensual textures and stunning terroir-driven flavor profiles exhibited by Domaine Raveneau's 2002s. These are magnificent wines that I would do almost anything to own, age, and drink... Bravo!
Author: Pierre Rovani
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
This too offers dazzling aromatic purity but is a good deal less expressive at the moment than the Blanchot as the classic young Valmur austerity is present in spades with steely, intense, focused and detailed green fruit that is cool, reserved, indeed even backward. The flavors are also quite understated and seem to be extracted directly from liquid rock as the minerality this displays is remarkable and there is a very different tactile sense in the mouth with simply tremendous buffering extract and staggering length. As good a young Raveneau Valmur as I can ever remember having and everything is in place for a long stay in the cellar.
Sadly, there are only 246 acres of Grand Cru Chablis for the world. Valmur consists of 29.4 acres and is adjacent to Les Clos. Each time I have tasted this wine I have been stunned by its incredible purity and grace. A phenomenal Chablis and one that I will not soon forget. The 2002 has a brilliant very light gold hue with an almost painfully intense nose of lemon, stone, mineral, oyster shells, the open sea, very slight honey, and chlorine. Simultaneously viscous and bright in the mouth. The length of the wine is truly amazing. Right before the flavor finally stills the distinct flavor of Epoisses kicks in. No serious cellar should lack 2002 Chablis from Raveneau.