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    18° C Broken clouds
  • Time

    18:20 PM
  • Wine average?

    92.9 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    85
  • Region Ranking?

    27
  • Popularity ranking?

    110

History

The domaine was created in 1948, when François Raveneau consolidated his holdings with his wife’s family’s vineyard parcels. Though his father had spent years selling off prime parcels, François was doing his best to bring new ones back into the hands of the domaine. The reputation of this elusive and somewhat stoic vigneron spread quickly, as his style was easily recognizable as far superior to the growing trend of innocuous, somewhat uniform Chardonnay.

The domaine’s production has always been miniscule, and Kermit fought in vain throughout the seventies to add these wines to his portfolio. As an ardent practitioner of natural wines, François was extremely skeptical about shipping overseas, fearing that the wines might suffer during the ocean voyage. Assured by friends that Kermit was very familiar with natural wines and only shipped in refrigerated containers, François finally agreed (see Adventures on the Wine Route). The relationship started with the 1979 vintage and has continued solidly ever since. Today, François’ sons, Bernard and Jean-Marie, direct the domaine, yet stay true to their father’s philosophy in both the vineyards and the cellar.

 

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Vineyards

The Raveneau name, and their trademark yellow wax capsule, is renowned for its consistency, artistry and longevity.

With only seven hectares (17.3 acres) of vineyards divided amongst five Premier and three Grand Cru sites, and with an annual production of approximately 3,000 cases, there never is enough Raveneau Chablis to satisfy the collectors, retailers and restaurants in the world who request them every year upon release.

Of the Premier Cru, Forêt is the baby of the family, with average vine age of 15 years; followed by Montmains, 20 years; Vaillons, 33 years; Butteaux, 45 years; Montée de Tonnerre, 50 years. The straight Chablis is a relative newcomer to the Raveneau stable, planted on a parcel behind Vaillons, only now in its sixth vintage in 2013.


Prized for their individuality and purity, the wines are racy and complex, with an underlying chalky backbone of acidity.

An artisanal, traditional thread runs through everything the Raveneau brothers, Jean-Marie and Bernard, do in their approach to winemaking. The Domaine is among the last in Chablis to hand harvest all their grapes, and they maintain strict yields that ensure consistency of quality at the highest level. 

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Winemaking

The Brothers Raveneau are a dream team. They carry the family torch with pride, yet with a reserve, pragmatism, and humility that is more likely found among true farmers than the artists they are. There is no set division of labor between the brothers, just “all hands on deck,” as each one brings his own expertise to the mix. Jean-Marie attended the Lycée Viticole in Beaune, and has been with the domaine since 1978. In 1995 when François retired, Bernard finally joined his brother at the domaine after years of working for a négociant.

Together, they farm nearly eight hectares of land, including three grand cru vineyards (Blanchot, Les Clos, and Valmur) and six premier crus (Montée de Tonnerre, Les Vaillons, Butteaux, Chapelot, Mont-Mains, and Forêt).  In a cool climate like Chablis, vines find their strength in the rich clay and chalky limestone of the Kimmeridgian chain.

 

From vine to glass, the Raveneaus continue to do things the old-fashioned way. Although François passed away in 2000, Bernard’s daughter, Isabelle, joins them today, assuring fans that Domaine Raveneau will continue into the next generation.

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Inside information

  • Area under vine: 7.5 hectares
  • The domaine was founded by Francois Raveneau in 1948 and he retired in 1988
  • Since mid 1980s, it run by his two sons Jean-Marie & Bernard Raveneau; Jean-Marie is more often found in the vineyard while Bernard is in the cellar
  • Isabelle Raveneau, Bernard’s daughter, is now working in the cellar full time in all aspects of winemaking and marketing Raveneau favours old oak which have an average age of 7 to 8 years
  • Producing Premier and Grand Cru wines exclusively until 2007 when they released the first vintage under the appellation of Chablis. 
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 Andrew Graham, Wine Blogger (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Faiveley Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Beze 2007 /’07 was one of the warmest we’ve had. Very early picking’
Animale. Meaty and quite forward with a roasted meat flavour. Clearly high quality vineyard and quite silky. Is the animale ugly though? Just a little gluey. Delicious meaty flavours. So long! Beautiful silky palate. If only the earth was a little less pronounced and this would be a heartstopper. Still grand. 18.5/20, 94/100

3m 12d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Last evening was a real " Voyage autour du monde" along with the top 24 wines that wine countries can offer, and there was only four of us enjoying them...Unfortunately, quite a lot of bottles remained half empty, but not the Petrus 2003, Cheval Blanc 1947, Screaming Eagle 1999, Pingus 1995, Haut-Brion Blanc 1995, Lafleur 1996 etc.

3m 21d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Let’s talk Bordeaux. The Commander brought two gorgeous ‘82s which were both singing. L’Evangile, which is now owned and run by Lafite, and Trotanoy, which is owned and run by the Moueix family (aka Petrus) remain two of the best buys in all of Bordeaux, and these two wines showed why. The L’Evangile had sexy aromas and flavors of plum, olive and chocolate, and while still a bit tight, it was thick and delicious. The Trotanoy was a bit more open, dare I say sexier in its nose, showing blacker fruit and great autum floor action. It may be maturing a touch faster than the L’Evangile, but I found them qualitatively equal. The 1985 Petrus has never been considered a great Petrus, but out of double magnum, it came damn close. It was another sexy Pomerol nose, with more wheat and dust, along with touches of purple marzipan. The palate was rich and beautiful, w ith hints of olive and plum, and richer and more tannic than I expected, probably thanks to the larger format as much as anything else.

9m 22d ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Thibault Liger- Belair Corton Grand Cru Les Renardes 2012 - I remember proudly serving a bottle of Corton 15 years back to an expert on burgundy. It was from a great vintage and from a reputed producer. My guest was only politely impressed. I was perplexed because the same guest was very appreciative of some of the other Premier Crus I had opened that evening! He was right since the Corton was tannic and almost rustic. It failed to impress! I did not touch approach Corton rouge for a long time. Why should I take the risk of being disappointed. This phase lasted many years till I discovered the joys of Corton made by my friend Jean-Nicolas Meo. Meo Camuzet’s Corton Clos Rognet is a wine to bring tears of joy. A wine to die for. Ever since then I am back to discovering Cordon.
I have since fallen in love with the Corton and most other wines made by Thibault Liger-Belair who is famously bio-dynamic. The Corton Les Renardes 2012 was all I could hope for in a young wine. Corton Les Renardes comes from a walled site which means the Vixens, I like that. Stony soil rich in iron with minimal clay just enough to give the vine complexity, minerality and softness. Thibault’s Les Renardes comes from the middle of the slope from 50 year old vines.
A beautiful translucent colour shimmering in the light already set the tone for the beautiful nose of red and dark fruit oozing with violet and just a hint of wet earth. All in balance which no new world pinot can match. I was in raptures just nosing the glass. I did not need to drink the wine. After some time I took my first sip having opened the bottle 2 hours in advance with a small pour. A rich lush wine greeted my palate with enough power to pair beautifully with most dishes. Once again the validity of the ratings given long back to Corton Les Renardes by Jules Lavalle in 1855 who classified it as Hors Ligne while Camille Rodier classifed it at the very top as a Tête de Cuvêe in 1920 was proven correct! 97 points ”

1y 1m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Da Plane, Da Plane


There have been some pretty special wine weekends in 2016. It is good to see people reaching deep and going long, so to speak. One of those weekends saw me in an unnamed steakhouse in Tampa. Actually it was 29 hours to be exact. Our trip was made much more efficient thanks to Operation Starfish, who arranged for a private plane down for our band of merry men and women. I need to do that more often.”

1y 3m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  37 wines 

“This year’s La Paulee was in San Francisco, and on the Friday night before the big gala, a few lucky gentlemen were invited to dinner at Quince, thanks to the efforts of Tom Terrific and Dapper Dave. Magnums were the theme, and Burgundy was the given. There weren’t too many wines to forgive, as almost everything showed spectacularly. Accordingly, this was an evening no one would forget.”

1y 4m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  38 wines 

“Vintage 2007 tasting. Some great wines from Marcassin, Ornellaia, Jonata etc.”

1y 8m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  20 wines 

“I think five bottles of 1995 Krug went down the hatch by the time we sat down to dinner. The 1995 is definitely getting better with age, and it is starting to thicken a bit. It was still rustic yet bready, with nice oil and vitamin flavors, flirting with outstanding (94+).”

1y 11m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“The Holiday BYO”

3y 7m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“A bunch of mates have been 'doing lunch' on the first Thursday of the month for a very long time. You go when you can and some years it is not many times; others more often. always fun and always some top wines. Can be hit and miss but always interesting. One of the guys and I had a bet a while back - the prize was a bottle of Yquem. fortunately, I won but it turns out he only has a magnum of 89 left, so that is coming along next month. Stay tuned. There were a couple of wines not in the system not included here but they'll be up soon hopefully.”

4y 30d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  6 wines  from  Domaine Raveneau . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“Ravishing Raveneau”

4y 4m ago

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