2008 Raveneau - Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru 750ml

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BH 90-93   IWC 92-93   WA 91-92+  
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Burghound | Rating: 90-93

(it's fascinating to see the contrast between these three wines as both Butteaux and Forêts are sub-climats of Montmains; from 40+ year old vines) The benefit of the older vines is apparent as this is notably more complex than either the Forêts or the Montmains with its broad-ranging nose of green fruit, citrus, tidal pool, wet stone and saline notes where the salt and mineral elements continue onto the detailed, intense and exceptionally pure flavors that ooze Chablis character on the palate staining and impeccably balanced finish. One to strongly consider.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36 Burghound Selection Outstanding, Sweet spot

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92-93

Bright greenish-yellow. Laid-back but pure aromas of lemon, ginger and wild herbs. Pure, fine-grained and elegant, with reticent, youthfully taut flavors of lemon and stone. Showed more texture with a bit of aeration and finishes very long and suave.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 151

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91-92+

Scents of green tea, mint, bergamot, gentian, and honeysuckle, along with saline, alkaline maritime notes rise beguilingly from the glass of Raveneau's 2008 Chablis Butteaux. This is one of those 2008s that turns rather 2007-like on the palate, with the same uncanny combination of maritime elements (one imagines some kelp and driftwood floating by) as its predecessor as well as a sense of sheer chalkiness. Subtle creaminess along with notes of lanolin and vanilla point toward the effects of wood and lees, and I suspect ' a speculation Raveneau does not discount ' that precisely the strong mineral characteristics that accrue to this site as well as (in this vintage especially) its citricity and prominent floral and herbal aspects, may result in the notes of oak standing out simply by way of contrast. There is an impressive sense of sheer extract underlying this cuvee that needs time and may well blossom further on the palate even short-term. It should merit at least a decade's attention.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 191

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Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews
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42 bottles owned by 13 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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