- Region: White Burgundy
- Producer: Raveneau
- Vintage: 2017
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Domaine François Raveneau
Chablis - Blanchot
Grand Cru White 750 ml
Tasted: Oct 10, 2019
Note: from a .65 ha parcel of very old vines of indeterminate age
Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau commented that "we were again worried that we might suffer frost damage in 2018 like we did in both 2016 and 2017 but happily we avoided that particular problem. After that the season turned very hot and dry and while it wasn't exactly like 2003, it had a number of similarities. The big difference between 2003 and 2018 though was that we had much more volume in 2018 and this I think was what allowed us to bring in better balanced fruit. Interestingly, we had a very light rain that dropped only around 5 mm of water but it seemed to almost shock the vines out of a sort of drought-induced torpor so that they could finish ripening the abundant crop. We picked over 7 days beginning on the 30th of August and in retrospect I am very happy that we began picking so early. We started with our parcels in Petit Chablis and Vaillons and finally terminated with Butteaux. The fruit basically could not have been much cleaner and the potential alcohols were excellent as on average they came in right around 13%. The big surprise though was the sheer volume to juice as we absolutely did not expect it. When we were doing our ripeness samples to determine when we thought that we should start harvesting, the berries had a wilted appearance and this is why we were shocked by the amount of juice. We frankly expected something around 50 hl/ha but in fact we averaged about 75 hl/ha. Even my father Bernard can't remember ever having just an elevated volume in must and we pressed lightly! As to the wines, I would compare the style of the 2018s to those of either 2011 or 2015." The Raveneau 2017s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in April and May 2019. As an aside I have always liked the Chapelot from Raveneau (rarely seen as the production is limited to 1,200 to 1,500 bottles annually) though because of the reduced quantities due to hail and frost, none was produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017 but there is one in 2018. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, CA, USA; John Armit Wines, www.armit.co.uk and Haynes, Hanson & Clark, www.hhandc.co.uk, both UK).
Tasting note: An elegant, pure and airy array is comprised by notes of white flowers, pear, green apple and plenty of classic Chablis elements. The clean, precise and impressively intense middle weight flavors are like rolling small rocks around in the mouth, all wrapped in a sneaky long finish that is also very, very saline. This will require at least 5+ years of cellaring and reward 10+.