Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
Wine Advocate"Scents of green tea, mint, bergamot, gentian, and honeysuckle, along with saline, alkaline maritime notes rise beguilingly from the glass of Raveneau’s 2008 Chablis Butteaux. This is one of those 2008s that turns rather 2007-like on the palate, with the same uncanny combination of maritime elements (one imagines some kelp and driftwood floating by) as its predecessor as well as a sense of sheer chalkiness. Subtle creaminess along with notes of lanolin and vanilla point toward the effects of wood and lees, and I suspect – a speculation Raveneau does not discount – that precisely the strong mineral characteristics that accrue to this site as well as (in this vintage especially) its citricity and prominent floral and herbal aspects, may result in the notes of oak standing out simply by way of contrast. There is an impressive sense of sheer extract underlying this cuvee that needs time and may well blossom further on the palate even short-term. It should merit at least a decade’s attention. "
Burghound"The benefit of the older vines is apparent as this is notably more complex than either the Forêts or the Montmains with its broad-ranging nose of subtle wood, green fruit, citrus, tidal pool, wet stone and saline notes where the salt and mineral elements continue onto the detailed, intense and exceptionally pure flavors that ooze Chablis character on the palate staining and impeccably balanced finish. One to strongly consider."