September 23, 2021 - Drinking Some Great Mugnier as an Hommage to Becky Wasserman (Republique - Los Angeles CA): Alongside Forêts 2010. Both should have been decanted, but I doubt it would have helped this bottle of Butteaux, which was massively reductive to start, and I was still finding it so reduced/ unenjoyable three hours later.
August 19, 2021 - Raveneau Butteaux 2010 is in such a great place. It actually requires very little air to get going. It’s quick to show off its waxy yellow fruit, oyster shell minerality and amazing purity and tension.
July 14, 2021 - Drank very nicely, maybe not the power of the Montmains 1er which I’ve had several times, but beautiful Chablis typicity. Might have been affected by drinking outdoors
June 14, 2021 - Still quite young and taut. This blossoms with several hours of air at which point the fruit and mineral acidity come into balance. So much concentration for 1er Cru. Upside from here.
June 13, 2021 - BBC Long weekend 2021; 6/11/2021-6/13/2021: pale straw. light honeysuckle, lemon curd. Minerality, delicate citrus zest, faint honey, floral. Great balance, still very youthful structure, yet has a refined style.
May 27, 2021 - Another great '10 Raveneau. Not at the level of the '10 Clos a couple of weeks ago (unsurprisingly), but provides nearly the same amount of immediate drinking pleasure. Classic and in an ideal spot.
March 19, 2021 - Smells quite rich, on the palate there is a notable blemish point, bitterness of sorts, pyrazine, pepper, cardboard. Not corked/faulty. 90
November 7, 2020 - Saturday lunch gathering (Bethesda, Maryland): Expressive youthful nose displaying opulent yet pure yellow fruit with a hint of white, fresh apple juice, lemon oil, honeysuckle, beeswax, cool mountain stream, steel, saline, spicy spices and limestone. Perfectly integrated palate, finely layered pure sweet yellow fruit, rich and generous yet also focused and precise, bright acidity and strong limestone mineral, and a long concentrated pure yellow fruit driven finish with beeswax and honeysuckle at the end. Although Raveneau Chablis lack the finesse of top Chevalier Montrachets, I find them equally enjoyable, magically combining richness and opulence with exceptional precision and focus. This is so darn delicious, kinda wine that I can drink all day!
July 10, 2020 - A lost Friday afternoon gathering – COVID safety measures - Mostly Blind (Reston, Va): Perfectly mature yet youthful nose displaying rich yellow fruit, lemon and apple, noticeable mint, white chocolate, honey, cool mountain stream and limestone. Perfectly harmonious palate, very finely layered subtle yellow fruit, exceptional harmony and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral, and a seamless long yellow fruit driven finish with mint and honey at the end. I notice the yellow wax capsule so obviously Raveneau but it also shows telltale signs of the top quality Chablis. My guess is the 02 as it shows beautiful maturity. Most guesses are Valmur or Blanchots.
Drinking incredibly well.
May 25, 2020 - Consistent with previous note. Seashell, citrus, and stone fruit. Precise and chalky on the palate with soaring acidity. Still a few years away from showing its full potential. 92-93