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Chablis Blanchot, Domaine François Raveneau 2006

Subregion France > Burgundy > Chablis
Grape VarietyChardonnay

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Tasting Notes

A wafting and airy nose of honeysuckle, white fruit, including peach, pear and apple complements the dried floral notes and are in perfect keeping with the rich, full and palate staining medium weight flavors that are notably intense but perhaps a bit less elegant than usual. Still, this is impressive in its old vine intensity and sheer length. Interestingly, this is presently not as complex as the Chapelot is at the moment but there is even more material and I'm betting in time, this surpasses its stable mate. In passing, I mentioned to Raveneau how different the '06 and '07 versions were and he pointed out that in warm years, the east-facing exposition of Blanchots can have a tendency to create heavy wines [while simultaneously noting that the same exposition is a huge help in cool vintages] but that is certainly not the case here, indeed if anything, the finish is bone dry and the precision marvelous.

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (32), October 2008

Raveneau's 2006 Chablis Blanchots - from some of the estate's oldest vines - represents a jump in quality, and not just on account of its expected richness, but also for its clarity, satiny textural allure, flavor diversity, and sheer concentration. Brown-spiced apple, apricot, toasted nuts, meat stock, and tactile chalky minerality mingle in a complex colloquy, and for all of this wine's opulence, the persistence of mineral dimensions it exhibits is extraordinary. I would expect this to reward at least 10-12 year's aging

David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate (179), October 2008
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