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2018 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Valmur

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95The Wine Advocate

...brilliant, unwinding in the glass with notes of crisp green apple, white flowers, fresh bread, iodine and oyster shell. Full-bodied, satiny and concentrated, with chalky extract and tangy acids, it's one of the cooler, more tensile wines in the range and stands out as a particular highlight.

95-97Vinous / IWC

...sensual and inviting, with tons of the textural dimension that is such a signature of this Grand Cru. Dried pear, chamomile, dried flowers, mint, spice and ginger come together in a creamy, open-knit wine with remarkable intensity...finishes with tremendous density and power.

92-93James Suckling

Aromas of fresh flowers and iodine with oyster shell and lemon zest, as well as more peachy notes. This has a very smooth-honed and concentrated, weighty feel with such fleshy peach and nectarine flavors, making a very sleek and compelling, long impression. Refined, weighty and long finish with yellow fruit and a wash of minerals.


Domaine Francois Raveneau

Located in Chablis, in northern Burgundy, Domaine Francois Raveneau is owned and operated by the brothers Jean-Marie and Bernard Raveneau. At 23 acres the estate is small even by local standards, though Clive Coates, for one, considers it “Chablis’ best domaine.” Harvesting is done entirely by hand and the brothers use no new oak. Raveneau’s corks are sealed with wax, which is also unusual for the region. The Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chablis produced by Raveneau are noted for their depth and dimension, and Robert M. Parker Jr. has complimented them for their great capacity to age and mature.The domaine was started in 1948 when Francois Raveneau bought vineyards to add to those already owned by his wife, who was part of the Dauvissat family. Francois began bottling his wine, an unusual practice during the 1950s and 1960s, and by the 1980s the domaine’s wines were being imported to the U.S. by California importer Kermit Lynch. Francois’ son Jean-Marie started working on the estate in 1978. Raveneau owns Grand Cru parcels in Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos and Valmur. Coates notes that “What is impressive about the Raveneau Chablis is that (the wines) are invariably very expressive of both their terroirs and their vintages.”


France, Burgundy, Chablis, Valmur

Valmur is a 29.4-acre Grand Cru vineyard in Chablis. It is between Les Clos and Les Grenouilles at the bottom of a slope. Major landowners are Robin, with 6.63 acres; Bessin, with 5.20 acres; and Fevre, with 2.75 acres. Like all the Chablis vineyards, it is planted exclusively to Chardonnay.


White Wine, Chardonnay, Chablis Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.


2018 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Valmur

This producer now sells its wines under the name Domaine Francois Raveneau.