Top wines in the Asian press
7th January, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Jeannie Cho Lee was this week singing the praises of Burgundy’s white wines singling out the region’s best producers writing on asianpalate.com
One such producer hailed for its Chablis was the tiny vineyard of Raveneau, established in 1948.
She said: “The domaine is tiny with only of 7.5 hectares of vines making about 4,000 cases of wine per year and the holdings include three Grand Crus – Blanchot, Les Clos and Valmur as well as four Premiers Crus – Montée de Tonnerres, Les Vaillons, Butteaux and Chapelot. Today, the winery is run by Francois’ two sons, Bernard and Jean-Marie Raveneau, with the third generation, Bernard’s daughter also involved.
“What makes Raveneau’s Chablis so special is their ability to age for decades. The quality comes from the vineyard with the chalky Kimmeridgian limestone that gives the wines minerality and nervosity.
“All the grapes are hand harvested and aged in old oak barrels for well over a year – very unusual in Chablis where the majority of wines are bottled within six month of their harvest. The wine’s slow maturation allows the wine to develop body and depth.
“While all of Raveneau’s Grand Crus can easily keep for 20-30 years, the Blanchots is the most open while Les Clos is often the most closed, requiring longer bottle age. Raveneau’s Les Clos are best after at least 12 years of age and only start to peak at 16 to 18 years of age.
“Even at the basic Chablis level, Raveneau wines are fantastic – expressive, generous and pure.”