2012 Domaine Raveneau Chablis

SKU #1329176 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chablis, which comes from relatively young vines planted in 2003 in a single block opposite Montmains, nevertheless has very fine mineralite and poise on the nose, a little tighter than the 2013 perhaps. The palate is very well-balanced with touches of orange peel and tangerine, leading to a composed and very natural finish. This is delightful. (NM)  (8/2014)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chablis was magnificent from barrel and it is every bit as superb from bottle. Crystalline and pure, the Chablis captures all of the house signatures in miniature. Hazelnuts, dried pears and a hint of spice add nuance on the translucent, super-expressive finish. This is a great example of the year. The 2012 reminds me of the 2010, but with a little more richness, which is essentially the personality of the vintage in a nutshell. (AG) 90+  (8/2014)

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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.