Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains" 2018 (Burgundy, France) - [DM 94] [BH 92] [WA 92] [VM 92-94]

Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains" 2018
(Burgundy, France) - [DM 94] [BH 92] [WA 92] [VM 92-94]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

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 and consistency, and unusual given the modesty of the vignerons who create these world-class wines.

From vine to glass, the Raveneaus continue to do things the old-fashioned way. Although François passed away in 2000, Bernard’s daughter, Isabelle, joins them today, assuring fans that Domaine Raveneau will continue into the next generation.

• Harvested by hand
• Grapes pressed gently by pneumatic press
• Only indigenous yeasts are used
• Juice is left to settle, and then racked off its lees into cuve to ferment
• Alcoholic fermentation takes two weeks, followed by a malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Wines are aged for 18 months in older oak barrel and feuillette (most of which comes from barrel-maker Chassin), of which a very small percentage is new

Technical Data:
Vine Age: 45 years average
Soil: Kimmeridgian Limestone
Vineyard Area: 1.49 ha

Ratings and Reviews

94 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"The Raveneau holdings of Montmains are a 0.6ha parcel that faces east and south east. Pale, backward and quite closed, as the domaine's wines often are in their youth, this is fresh, focused and understated, with notes of beeswax and citrus peel, a nip of skin tannins and the abreast whisper of oak. Give it time. Drink between 2022-2033." - Tim Atkin MW (7/10/19)

92-94 Points - Vinous:
"A wine of textural depth and resonance, the 2018 Chablis Monts-Mains 1er Cru shows terrific power and richness in its broad, sweeping feel. Even with all of its density and overtness, the 2018 retains terrific freshness to balance things out." - Antonio Galloni (1/1/20)

93-94 Points - James Suckling:
"This offers some very exotic aromas of green mangoes and white peaches, as well as a very fresh, lemon-curd edge and crushed stones, oyster shell and wet chalk. The palate has a strong,fresh and cool mineral core for this warmer vintage. Pastry-like density to the strongly mineral finish. Drink from 2024." (Jul 2019)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Wafting from the glass with aromas of green apple, iodine, fresh bread and oyster shell, the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains is medium to full-bodied, layered and satiny, with bright acids and a chalky finish. This has turned out beautifully." - William Kelley (Aug 2021)

92 Points - Allen Meadows' BurgHound:
"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. Drink starting 2028." (Oct 2020)