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Lot #272. Fran├žois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons 1996

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 90-93 WA.
"The smoke and charred oak scented Chablis Vaillons possesses unreal definition of tangy, flinty, and minerally flavors in its medium-to-full-bodied, and crisp personality. Powerful, strident and superbly-balanced, it needs to be cellared until at least 2003, and will easily hold its peak . . . . Bernard Raveneau feels that the 1996s he and his brother Jean-Marie crafted will require ten years of cellaring before being approachable because of their tightly wound, high acid structures. His father, Francois Raveneau, has reportedly compared them to his '69s. I have not tasted any 1969 Domaine Raveneau bottlings so I cannot comment on the comparison, but found his remark interesting because most other vignerons I met in Chablis and the Cote d'Or were unable to recall a similar vintage (the only exception to this being Dauvissat's father who reportedly compared the 1996 vintage to 1949). This estate's cellars, like those of Rene & Vincent Dauvissat, resemble the cellars of the Cote d'Or. Why? Instead of the massive foudres and stainless steel cuves found in other Chablis cellars, the Raveneaus and Dauvissats use oak barrels to ferment and age their wines. The Raveneaus lived up to their reputation with the 1996 vintage, crafting stunningly complex, beautifully ripe, highly delineated, crystalline and exceedingly long wines. Readers who wish to taste benchmark Chablis are advised to locate some of these gems (they will be bottled in April and early May)." Wine Advocate #115, Feb 1998
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $275

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