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2011 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY /
  • 91 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 45864-2011-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The Raveneau 2011 Chablis Butteaux smells of elderflower and iris as well as of the lime and white peach that form its juicy palate matrix. Chalk and white pepper in this wine's sustained finish ' like its firmness of feel ' convey a certain austerity, but you can count on its having more expressive moments between now and 2020.
    Author: David Schildknecht
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Reduced aromas of ripe apple, pepper, spearmint and crushed stone. Broad and rich; less obviously mineral than the 2012 version but the ripe, intense pineapple flavor will give this wine good early accessibility. Finishes with a firm stony edge.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2013
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Matt
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Getting softer but more luscious. Blind, you might mistake it for a Puligny
    Author: Stephen G41

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

  • 187 bottles owned
  • 28 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 28 collectors)