2012 Raveneau - Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru 750ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

Pale color. Reticent aromas of citrus peel, white stone fruits and oyster shell, plus a suggestion of oak spice (the Raveneaus used "more recent" oak barrels for this wine and their Montee de Tonnerre in 2012, according to Bernard). Sappy and alive in the mouth, with terrific mineral lift to the flavors of white peach, apple and dusty stone. Finishes bright and long, with subtle lime and mineral nuances. This was splendid from the barrel a year ago and it's every bit as strong following the recent bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 175

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91-92+

Raveneau's 2012 Chablis Butteaux displays an unusually bright and succulently juicy citricity (Meyer lemon and grapefruit) even by vintage standards, though in terms of richness and ripeness as well as pronounced mineral traits it is more restrained than its stable mates. Marjoram and black pepper accents along with lemon zest and chalk dust nevertheless make for interactive not to mention prodigious length. Bernard Raveneau associates both the acid-retention and sense of tightly coiled latent energy in this wine with its site's relatively high clay content ' though the vines' nearly 50 years of age can't fail to play a role. Look for this austere yet already spine-tingling wine to uncoil and reveal an even more impressive panoply of flavors over the coming decade.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 208

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Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews
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13 bottles owned by 6 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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