($80) Pale, green-tinged color. Precise but tight nose hints at citrus peel and minerals. Dense, chewy and tactile, with a captivating sweetness for the year. The ripe citrus, floral and powdered stone flavors are given definition by lemony acidity. Finishes persistent and pure. This site is protected from wind and is always picked early, notes Bernard Raveneau.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The Raveneau 2007 Chablis Vaillons (from the core site of that name, with just a few rows lapping into Sechet) was picked on their second day of harvest due to rot pressure on account of clusters having been lightly impacted by hail. From tank, it offers a prime example of the sort of blazing brightness of citrus and almost visceral energy as well as the palpable underlying density and extract that inherently characterize its vintage. The mineral dimension here is equal parts adamant stoniness and savory, invigorating salinity, which makes for a shimmering exchange with fresh citrus in a zesty, ginger-spiced, lip-smacking, practically electrically-charged finish. To the possible extent that any of this wineƒA?A?s intense concentration might reveal itself to have been influenced by botrytis, its evolution bears careful watching, but for now it seems as pure as it is bright and likely destined for at least 6-8 years of fascinating enjoyment.