2006 Domaine Raveneau Chablis-Les Clos Grand Cru

SKU #1042417 96-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Raveneau's 2006 Chablis Les Clos offers a mysterious profusion of floral, nobly fungal, and mineral aromas. Gripping phenolics and tactile mineral intensity chalk, tangerine and grapefruit zest, white pepper are imbedded in a lusciously rich yet fresh white peach and citrus matrix so vivid I almost expected to find pulp in the bottom of my glass. In its elegant, shimmering interplay of mineral and fruit dimensions and scintillating, bitter-sweet floral perfume, and nut oils all allied to tactile grip this reminds me also of a great Riesling or Gruner Veltliner from the Wachau's Achleiten. But the specific manifestations of fruit, flowers, and minerals here could only be realized in Chablis. The empty glass is mesmerizing, almost magic. (DS)  (10/2008)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A white flower, exotically ripe yellow peach and pear suffused nose also reveals wafts of quinine and sea breeze that transition into powerful, full and exceptionally rich flavors that are almost chewy they're so textured and the finish really soaks the palate with dry extract. This is a big and muscular example yet it's also elegant and refined as it carries its size effortlessly. One of the wines of the '06 vintage and as great as it is, I don't find that extra dimension that I usually do relative to the Valmur. Still, you won't find two better '06 Chablis anywhere.  (10/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-green color. Wonderfully precise if closed nose offers highly complex aromas of musky white peach, lime, white truffle and vanilla, along with a metallic nuance; almost 2007-like in its lift. Then wonderfully suave on entry, with a near-painful mid-palate intensity to its peach, stone, mineral and floral flavors. Strong stony minerality accentuates the wine's impression of acidity, framing the palate-staining finishing flavors of citrus peel and crushed stone and giving powerful grip to the very long aftertaste. 95+ (ST)  (8/2008)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.