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2010 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux
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About Domaine Francois Raveneau

Named for its original proprietor, who, sadly, left us in 2000, Domaine Francois Raveneau is a goliath in Chablis. Raveneau's two sons, Bernard & Jean-Marc, now continue the family tradition, maintaining a commitment to natural wine.

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2010 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux

Producer: Domaine Francois Raveneau
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: France
Region: Burgundy
Appellation: Chablis

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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2012

Pale yellow.  Reticent nose hints at musky peach and lime.  Brisk, tight and rather uncompromising today, conveying an impression of strong acidity and youthful tannins.  The slightly phenolic citrussy finish is subtle, serious and long.  This distinctly backward wine calls for a good six or seven years of cellaring.  (The Raveneaus' 2010 Montee de Tonnerre, Blanchots, Valmur and Clos, which I already reported on from barrel last year, were set to be bottled a week after my visit.  Retastes of those wines underscored their high quality and captivating sucrosite; my scores were within the ranges I published in Issue 157:  92-94, 92-94, 93-95 and 94-96, respectively.  The Valmur and Clos were knockouts again, with the former wine less powerful but perhaps more classic Chablis, and the flamboyantly silky and expressive Clos showing the musky peach and spice richness of a top Puligny-Montrachet wine.  None of these cuvees were particularly austere.)

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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