2010 Francois Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux #147669578
Based on 71 reviews on Cellartracker.com
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
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.