2014 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru "Blanchot"

SKU #1276802 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots is a contender for Domaine Raveneau's finest release in this great year for Chablis. It has an extremely well defined, marine-influenced bouquet that delivers captivating intensity. This is a Chablis that looks you straight between the eyes. The palate displays exquisite balance with razor-sharp acidity. It feels so lively and vivacious, with a wonderful sense of harmony and poise towards the finish. This is sophisticated and classy, but it will need 4-6 years to really settle into its groove. You cannot bestow too many superlatives here. (NM)  (8/2016)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .65 ha parcel of very old vines of indeterminate age) Here the super elegant and highly expressive nose is also strikingly floral with plenty of spice, oyster shell, iodine and ocean breeze nuances. There is excellent volume and intensity to the powerful and extract-rich flavors that possess a highly seductive mouth feel before culminating in a hugely long and impeccably well-balanced if mildly austere finish where a hint of bitter lemon surfaces. Drink: 2026+  (10/2016)

95 points Decanter

 Intense nose of ripe Williams pear and hints of tropical fruit. The palate mirrors the nose and is quite concentrated with a floral finish. Superb example: huge depth and great potential  (2/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Flint, crushed rock, menthol, white pepper and mint on the nose, plus a saline whiff of chicken broth. Seamless and fine-grained, offering a captivating combination of salinity and sucrosité. This seems much more open than a barrel sample was a year ago. Finishes suave, ripe and long, with terrific floral complexity and lift; for all its sweetness this wine is bone dry. (ST)  (7/2016)

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