2010 Francois Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux #147669578


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Reviews 95 points Vinous "Raveneau's 2010 Chablis Butteaux is beautifully expressive on the bouquet, where layers of petrol, smoke and melted rocks fuse together with notable elegance. The Butteaux is a wine of all dimensions; it is at once vertical and horizontal, with fabulous purity and exceptional overall balance. This is one of the larger-scaled 2010s here. In many ways it encapsulates the personality of the vintage. (AG)" 93 points Burghound "This is surprisingly ripe yet the beautifully layered aromas of spiced pear, mineral reduction, sea shore and green fruit are really quite reticent. There is a wonderful complexity to the powerful and seductively textured medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent intensity on the moderately austere and bone dry finish. There is a real sense of underlying tension here that confers real vibrancy onto the mouth coating finish. (AM)" 93 points John Gilman "The 2010 Butteaux from Domaine Raveneau is an excellent wine that still would love to be left alone in the cellar for another four or five years to really start to develop its secondary layers of complexity. The youthful and classy bouquet is a blend of apple, lemon, a touch of tangerine, deep, rocky soil tones, spring flowers and incipient notes of both licorice and citrus oil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and racy, with a superb core, excellent focus and grip and a very long, young and well-balanced finish. A superb wine in the making. (JG)"

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About Francois Raveneau

Domaine François Raveneau sits at the pinnacle of Chablis production, producing a mere 3,000 cases per year yet presenting a distinguished portfolio of terroirs. This includes five premier cru and three grand cru vineyards that yield wines of exceptional quality and age-ability. These collectible wines are emblematic of Chablis' distinctive Kimmeridgian limestone soils, brought to life by François Raveneau’s sons, Bernard and Jean-Marie, along with Bernard's daughter, Isabelle.

The Raveneau family approaches winemaking with a blend of tradition and meticulous craftsmanship. Unlike many of their contemporaries, they maintain a labor-intensive, manual harvest. Their vinification process features gentle pressing and fermentation in tanks, allowing the lees to settle before isolating the finest for barrel aging in neutral oak and feuillettes for 18 months. The result is an array of Chardonnays celebrated for their aromatic intensity and mineral expression.

Spanning nearly eight hectares, the Raveneau's vineyard holdings are predominantly composed of grand cru and premier cru designations. This includes the distinguished grand cru parcels of Blanchot, Les Clos, and Valmur and the notable premier crus such as Montée de Tonnerre, Les Vaillons, and Butteaux. These vineyards, bathed in southwest-facing sun, thrive in the clay-rich and chalky limestone soils of the Kimmeridgian chain.

The family's continued commitment to traditional viticulture—natural vineyard management, severe winter pruning, and hand-harvesting—along with François Raveneau’s pioneering use of Côte d’Or winemaking methods, like barrel fermentation and extended lees contact, contribute to the wines' longevity and distinctiveness. From their premier crus that rival the grand crus to their impressive grand crus, Domaine François Raveneau masterfully captures the profound essence of Chablis, creating wines that unveil layer upon layer of complexity as they mature.

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