2006 Raveneau - Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru 750ml

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IWC 91-93   WA 92-93   BH 92  
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91-93

(tasted from a one-year-old feuillatte Good pale color. Reticent citrus peel nose complemented by a grilled note. Juicy, tight and metallic; this is all cut today yet avoids coming off as hard. Finishes precise and long, with slowly mounting flavors of grapefruit, powdered stone and mint coating the palate. Less showy than the Vaillons, with a tighter grain.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 133

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-93

Raveneau's 2006 Chablis Butteaux signals exotic ripeness from the first whiff of pear drops and lychee. Lush, rich fruit follows on the palate, but with chalk, iodine, and wood smoke adding counterpoint and pulling one's attention toward the particularly strong mineral dimension that is inherent in this site. Finishing with real grip, this promises a decade's worth of fascinating evolution.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 179

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Burghound | Rating: 92

(it's fascinating to see the contrast between these three wines as both Butteaux and Forêts are sub-climats of Montmains) An almost invisible touch of wood frames more reserved but fresher green and yellow fruit aromas that also offer up a subtle touch of spice that complements the round and wonderfully intense flavors that ooze that lovely sense of underlying tension as well as plenty of oyster shell character on the citrus-infused and very dry palate staining finish. A wine of power and finesse that should age out to 15 years or so.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 32 Burghound Selection Outstanding

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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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189 bottles owned by 62 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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