Domaine Francois Raveneau

The domaine was created in 1948, when François Raveneau consolidated his holdings with his wife's family's vineyard parcels. Though his father had spent years selling off prime parcels, François was doing his best to bring new ones back into the hands of the domaine. The reputation of this elusive and somewhat stoic vigneron spread quickly, as his style was easily recognizable as far superior to the growing trend of innocuous, somewhat uniform Chardonnay. The domaine's production has always been miniscule, and Kermit fought in vain throughout the seventies to add these wines to his portfolio. As an ardent practitioner of natural wines, François was extremely skeptical about shipping overseas, fearing that the wines might suffer during the ocean voyage. Assured by friends that Kermit was very familiar with natural wines and only shipped in refrigerated containers, François finally agreed (see Adventures on the Wine Route). The relationship started with the 1979 vintage and has continued solidly ever since. Today, François' sons, Bernard and Jean-Marie, direct the domaine, yet stay true to their father's philosophy in both the vineyards and the cellar.

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Domaine F Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91-93 The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux has an expressive bouquet with white flowers and subtle tertiary scents infusing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced and more saline than Raveneau's other Premier Crus, with fine acidity and a crisp, lively, mineral-tinged finish.

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2015
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89-91 (picked a full week after the hailed-on sections): Pale, bright lemon-yellow. Very pure aromas of lemon, menthol and minerals. Deep, rich and ripe, with enveloping if slightly exotic grapefruit and lemon curd flavors. A distinctly easygoing wine with subtle lemon oil sweetness.

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2014
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a complex bouquet with hints of white chocolate and grilled almond interwoven between the citrus fruit. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, quite tensile from the beginning, with a compelling salinity on the

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2011
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media: 94 Points The 2011 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is all about grace. A gentle hint of spice leads to dried pears, crushed flowers, red berries and licorice. Constantly changing in the glass, the 2011 is a marvel to behold. Suggestions of smoke, graphite and licorice add layers of nuance

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2013
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89The 2013 Chablis Villages has commendable precision on the nose, almost Puligny-like in style. The palate is clean and fresh with light acidity, certainly one of Raveneau's more approachable Chablis wines, with an easygoing and slightly saline finish.

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons does not quite deliver the same intensity as the Montmains at the moment, although it is still well defined with more of a sea spray influence coming through. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, just a suggestion of dried honey on the front

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2012
" Domaine Ravenau is arguably one of the top two estates in Chablis, consistently producing wines that show great purity of fruit, grip, and delineation. " ~ Winery notes

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2012
" Domaine Ravenau is arguably one of the top two estates in Chablis, consistently producing wines that show great purity of fruit, grip, and delineation. " ~ Winery notes

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2011
"The most sublime and the most celebrated estate of Chablis, the wines of Domaine Raveneau are a rare find—exceptional because the vineyard holdings are almost entirely made of grand cru and premier cru fruit, painfully finite as so few are produced, outstanding because of their tremendous quality

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2011
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The Raveneau 2011 Chablis - bottled early this year - features juicy lime and white currant for a piquant and tart impression wreathed in musky floral perfume and infused with chalk dust and saliva-liberating shrimp shell reduction. This conveys delicacy and lift as well as

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2009
Burghound 93 "Subtle wood sets off aromas of flowers, oyster shell and tidal pool that complement perfectly the racy, pure and strikingly well-detailed medium plus weight flavors that brim with minerality on the delicious, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This beautifully vibrant and

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis Vaillons 2009
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2009 Chablis Vaillons is all about delineation, focus and transparency. It is a compelling, marvelously subtle wine in every way. In particular, the Vaillons successfully reconciles the generosity of the year with the minerality that is typical of this site. Anticipated

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2009
89  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 87-89"Stone fruits and minerals on the nose. Juicy and firm-edged, with mineral and menthol flavors joined by a more exotic whiff of banana. Fat and expressive village wine with a hint of warmth on the back."

Domaine F. Raveneau Chablis 2009
Steve Tanzer 87-89"Stone fruits and minerals on the nose. Juicy and firm-edged, with mineral and menthol flavors joined by a more exotic whiff of banana. Fat and expressive village wine with a hint of warmth on the back."