Those looking for Grand Cru White Burgundy of immense quality without breaking the bank - look no further! Francois Raveneau is arguably the best domaine in Chablis and they have been producing a lot of star buys for Burgundy collectors over the years. They are considered to have the same status of top producers Coche Dury, Leflaive and Ramonet, producing incredible Chardonnays with full potential to age but keeping prices very approachable. They are easily being one of the names which Burgundy drinkers may miss but they are indeed one of the smartest buys for fine wine nowadays.
We believe perfect wine like those from Francois Raveneau need a bit of time to evolve and have picked two mature wines today that are ready-to-drink, both having received excellent scores from Allen Meadows and offered at excellent market prices. We are delighted to offer –
Francois Raveneau Chablis Blanchots Grand Cru 2004 HK$2,350 per bottle (vs market average at HK$2,573#)
94 pts Allen Meadows Fairly strong wood spice and vanilla presently mark the nose, framing the otherwise pretty white flower and floral aromas though there is plenty of mid-palate density to the rich, round, intense and powerful medium full flavors that despite the richness retain a fine sense of finishing detail. There is good minerality, buckets of dry extract and fine balance with almost painful intensity and superb finishing persistence.
Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2006
HK$4,300 per bottle (vs market average at HK$5,055#)
95 pts Allen Meadows
A white flower, exotically ripe yellow peach and pear suffused nose also reveals wafts of quinine and sea breeze that transition into powerful, full and exceptionally rich flavors that are almost chewy they're so textured and the finish really soaks the palate with dry extract. This is a big and muscular example yet it's also elegant and refined as it carries its size effortlessly. One of the wines of the '06 vintage and as great as it is, I don't find that extra dimension that I usually do relative to the Valmur. Still, you won't find two better '06 Chablis anywhere.
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