Wine Spectator | Rating: 89A spicy version, offering nutmeg and vanilla notes to accent the apple flavor. This shows very good intensity, with a lingering finish.Author: Bruce Sanderson
Burghound | Rating: 89Aromatically very fresh and bright with reserved undertones of floral and citrus notes that combine seamlessly with rich yet edgy middle weight flavors that offer lovely purity of expression and much more Chablis character than most '03s reveal. The finish is powerful and admirably long with fine intensity.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 4th Quarter, 2005
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92Very pale, green-tinged color. Pure, reticent nose hints at cold steel and lime. Dense, sweet and vibrant, with enticingflavors of white peach, minerals and spring flowers. Finishes bright and very long, with an almost tannic impression of power.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 2005
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
- 145 bottles owned
- 30 collectors