There is Chablis, and then there is Domaine François Raveneau. The appellation’s benchmark producer may only bottle a miniscule 3,000 cases per year, but it nevertheless manages to boast an impressive array of terroirs, including five premier cru and three grand cru vineyards. Celebrated for their consistently high quality and astounding age-worthiness, the wines of Domaine François Raveneau are true collectibles.
François Raveneau’s sons, Bernard and Jean-Marie, run the family estate today, with the help of Bernard's daughter, Isabelle. Together they continue to conjure the same magic as their father by following the family traditions, farming in some of Chablis’ most prized Kimmeridgian limestone soils. Unlike many of their neighbors, the brothers harvest entirely by hand. The Raveneau winemaking style includes a gentle pressing, fermentation in tank, while allowing the lees to settle and saving only the very finest before racking the wines into barrel for 18 months in neutral oak barrels and feuillettes. Penetrating and stony, aromatic and intense, these are among the finest Chardonnays in the world.
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