2014 Domaine Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru "Butteaux"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux has a thrilling bouquet with intense mineralité and tension; the terroir is articulated beautifully here, the nose instantly transporting you to the hills of Chablis. The palate is very intense (again) with a fine acidity, great tension, citrus-fresh with a poised and lively finish that just needs a little more persistence on the aftertaste. If that develops in bottle, then it will unequivocally warrant a higher score. (NM)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is excellent freshness and complexity to the layered combination of mineral reduction, pear, green apple, white flower and quinine water. There is equally good freshness and verve to the big-bodied, muscular and powerful flavors that possess plenty of dry extract that coats the palate while buffering the impressively long, lemony, chiseled and mildly austere finish. Impressive though note that patience is required.
Crushed-rock minerality dominates grapefruit and menthol on the nose. Penetrating acidity gives this rather powerful wine a youthfully clenched quality, with its tactile grapefruit, white pepper and mineral flavors rather austere in the early going. Impressively large-scaled for premier cru but more backward than the Monteé de Tonnerre. The Raveneaus normally present their Butteaux before their Montée de Tonnerre but not in this vintage. (ST)