2014 Domaine Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1276803 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos has a much more expressive bouquet than the 2015, with beautiful orange blossom and smoky scents decorating the nose. The palate is very well balanced and so saline in the mouth that you almost want to reach for your bucket and spade. This Les Clos is so seductive and so harmonious, seeming to bloom and deliver fabulous intensity on the finish. Whereas Valmur is the pick in 2015, the Les Clos might be the pick in 2014, thanks to its sense of completeness. But as I mentioned in my remarks from barrel last year, patience will be paramount for those seeking to witness this Chablis at its peak. Isabelle Raveneau was in fine form when I rang the doorbell of the most renowned grower in Chablis. This being just after the Brexit and the following morning from the English football team’s embarrassing defeat to Iceland in Euro 2016, Isabelle did not know which subject to broach first--though I detected a morsel of sympathy between stifling her laughs. Although my own country has a mountain of problems, so has Isabelle, the only difference being that hers are not self-inflicted. With the slew of frost damage, hailstorms and at the time of tasting, omnipresent risk of mildew after what has been a wet period, like everyone else Raveneau is not spared the challenges of the 2016 growing season. But today, I was here to taste through the 2014s now in bottle and the 2015s from barrel.  (8/2016)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too the nose is strikingly layered with notes of oyster shell, mineral reduction and perfumed floral scents. The concentrated, serious and powerful yet refined flavors ooze a fine minerality on the mouth coating and hugely long yet wonderfully chiseled finish. Interestingly this is slightly more complex than the Valmur though not necessarily more persistent. This should be first-rate if allowed 10 to 15 years of cellar time. Wow!  (10/2016)

96 points Decanter

 Lovely nose of greengage, yellow plum, pear and elderflower with a superbly tense structure and long mineral finish. A perfect blend of richness and finesse. Very complete.  (2/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Completely closed on the nose following the Valmur, hinting at citrus peel, yellow plum, wild herbs and toast. At once dense and weightless, delivering painful cut to its penetrating flavors of stony minerality, citrus peel and anise. There's no way into this impenetrable, imploded wine today. Best today on the juicy, building finish, which saturates the palate with musky oyster-shell minerality, licorice and grapefruit zest. With its extraordinary solidity and cut, this potentially great wine really calls for a decade of cellaring and should be very long-lived.  (7/2016)

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