Domaine Raveneau, Blanchot Grand Cru 2007

Robert Parker 95 | CellarTracker 94 | WineIsuppose 93
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From barrel, the 2007 Chablis Blanchots – from a high-elevation eastern exposure, and some of the estate’s oldest vines – displays aromas of high-toned citrus oil, toasted nuts, ocean breezes, and quarry dust. Startlingly gripping and pungent, this might not represent the last word in finesse, but it makes an emphatic, zesty, intensely saline and stony statement that I am very timid to contradict! This really tugs at the salivary glands, and finishes with an energetic crescendo of citrus and diverse expressions of things mineral. When questions are raised about the ability of great Chablis – and Burgundy in general – to transcend what one can imagine issuing from grapes, here is a prime exhibit to offer. I suspect this will be engrossing to follow for 8-10 years, if not longer.

Bernard Raveneau views his bright, mineral-inflected 2007s – picked from September 10-16 – as potentially richer versions of 2004, since the former, he indicates, have gained in textural allure during their elevage. That also explains why he did not plan to bottle most of these 2007s until late spring or summer, and I have accordingly not tasted them since bottling.

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 Region France | Burgundy | Chablis
 Type White wine
 Bottle size Standard bottle (0,75 liter)
 Bottle condition
Bottles in perfect condition: Labels and capsules excellent. Levels into the neck. Stored in fully conditioned cellar.
 When to drink 2010-2019