- Region: White Burgundy
- Producer: Raveneau
- Vintage: 2018
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Domaine François Raveneau
Chablis "Montmains" ♥
1er Cru White 750 ml
Tasted: Nov 10, 2020
Note: from a .37 ha holding of relatively young vines in Montmains proper
Producer note: Isabelle Raveneau briefly commented that in 2019 "Mother Nature gave us a relatively easy growing season while keeping a few challenges up her sleeve. For starters, there was some frost damage during the late spring that had secondary effects by disturbing the flowering, which of course had a deleterious effect on yields. This was followed by a very hot and dry summer that caused some hydric stress problems, particularly for the younger vines with less well-developed root systems. Moreover, the intense sunlight was sufficiently strong to fry any exposed berries, which resulted in further losses. Ultimately, we chose to begin picking on the 10th of September and the fruit really couldn't have been much cleaner. We did of course need to eliminate any dried sunburned berries resulting but there really wasn't much else to sort out. In the end we ended up with a relatively small crop of around 35 hl/ha, which is obviously much, much less than the roughly 75 hl/ha we realized in 2018. The fruit was also quite ripe, and nothing was chaptalized, something that is relatively rare in Chablis. We had no problems with either fermentation and I like the way the wines are coming along. We will of course see once they are bottled but for now, I would describe them as very promising." The Raveneau 2018s, revisited below, were mostly bottled in May 2020. 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: This is more elegant and restrained with cool aromas of citrus confit, shellfish and an abundance of floral wisps. There is fine richness to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that are not as dense or powerful though they are more refined on the discreetly stony and super-saline finish that is slightly more persistent. Lovely stuff that should also reward up to a decade of keeping.