A restrained, even discreet nose of white flower, stone and quinine notes, all of which can also be found on the silky, pure and sophisticated medium-bodied flavors blessed with ample amounts of dry extract that completely buffer the firm acid spine on the detailed, minerally and lingering finish. A classic Blanchots of both style and grace.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Tangy lemon oil, menthol, spices and crushed stone on the very ripe nose. Spicy, ripe and deep on the palate; fatter and broader than the premier crus here but less expressive today in spite of its ripeness and spiciness. Finishes very dry and long, with some evidence of spicy oak. This will likely need a good eight to ten years to approach maturity.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
Scents of gunpowder green tea, crushed stone, ocean spray, and grapefruit rind rise from the glass of Raveneau 2008 Chablis Blanchots, which then displays a breadth and richness that one would not have anticipated from the nose. Floral perfume and alkaline, iodine, and maritime mineral notes continue on an almost custardy-rich, seamless palate and into a finish of estimable length, although the overall impression here is relatively restrained, despite the wine's amplitude and textural richness. Certainly the sense of minerality goes all the way through. I suspect this will need more time in bottle than most of its siblings to really blossom and would anticipate being rewarded for a dozen or more years.