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.