2018 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur" (Burgundy, France) - [VM 95-97] [WA 95] [DM 95] [JG 95] [BH 95] [JS 92-93]

2018 Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru "Valmur"
(Burgundy, France) - [VM 95-97] [WA 95] [DM 95] [JG 95] [BH 95] [JS 92-93]


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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.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
• 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: 40 years average
Soil: Kimmeridgian Limestone
Vineyard Area: .75 ha

Ratings and Reviews


95-97 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Chablis Valmur Grand Cru is sensual and inviting, with tons of the textural dimension that is such a signature of this Grand Cru. Dried pear, chamomile, dried flowers, mint, spice and ginger come together in a creamy, open-knit wine with remarkable intensity. The Valmur finishes with tremendous density and power. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle until at least age ten, although as I write this I am fully aware I won't have the discipline to follow my own advice!" - Antonio Galloni (Jan 2020)

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is brilliant, unwinding in the glass with notes of crisp green apple, white flowers, fresh bread, iodine and oyster shell. Full-bodied, satiny and concentrated, with chalky extract and tangy acids, it's one of the cooler, more tensile wines in the range and stands out as a particular highlight." - William Kelley (Aug 2021)

95 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Despite the south-east exposure of the vineyard, this is never a block buster wine. Such things are unheard of chez Raveneau, after all. It has top notes of hawthorn and white flowers that segue into a subtle, nuanced, elegant palate that’s all about precision and texture rather than obvious fruit flavours, with acidity driving the mid-palate and finish. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032." - Tim Atkin MW (Jul 2019)

95 Points - John Gilman:
"The 2018 Valmur from Domaine Raveneau is outstanding in quality, and quite expressive out of the blocks, as are several other of the wines here in this vintage. The very complex bouquet wafts from the glass in a combination of apple, pear, a touch of tangerine, beeswax, white flowers, chalky undertow and just a bit of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, ripe and precise, with a rock solid core of fruit, superb soil signature, a lovely girdle of acidity and outstanding length and grip on the snappy finish. This is an excellent wine in the making, and the only reason I rank it just a whisper behind the other two grand crus in the cellar this year is because it shows just a touch more ripeness in its panoply of fruit aromatics. But, there is absolutely nothing here not to be excited about! (Drink between 2027-2075)"

95 Points - Allen Meadows' BurgHound:
"This too is quite restrained with a distinctly cool fruit profile of green fruit and a plethora of classic Chablis elements that include iodine, quinine, oyster shell and smoky mineral reduction. There is excellent volume and power, and particularly so for the 2018 vintage, to the muscular big-bodied flavors that possess fine mid-palate density on the intensely saline-inflected, markedly dry and chiseled finale. This possesses impressive development potential and should age well for years." (Nov 2020)

92-93 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of fresh flowers and iodine with oyster shell and lemon zest, as well as more peachy notes. This has a very smooth-honed and concentrated, weighty feel with such fleshy peach and nectarine flavors, making a very sleek and compelling, long impression. Refined, weighty and long finish with yellow fruit and a wash of minerals. Drink on release or hold." (Jul 2019)