While not necessarily my favorite vintage for Raveneau, I’ve been finding many other 16’s to be in a great spot of late, much more so than even just a year ago, further proving the frost burdened growing season has become a year of terroir over vintage for white burg. Such is the same for 16 Valmur, and a requested pre-dinner multi-hour decant served well to reveal its layered aromatic complexity and depth of yellow orchard fruit with exotic spice, crème fraîche and wet stones. The palate is rich, deep and textural, really filling out with air, continuing to gain in weight and power and concluding with an incredibly persistent saline and mineral laced finish. Last sips were the best.
Code yellow ftw ✨ — 12 days ago
A bit shy, but opened up deliciously. Limestone, flint, white chocolate. — 11 days ago
$35. And well balanced acid and sugar as one would expect from a first rate Loire producer, essentially a Vouvray￼ — 9 months ago
Medium gold color, looking a bit darker than it should at this age. POX notes on the nose including some light butterscotch and ripe oaky chardonnay. Lacking acidity with subtle fruit. Has no Chablis-like characteristics. Had a 1990 Raveneau recently that was more fresh than this. OK to drink, but doesn't have the attributes you're looking for with Chez Raveneau. — 9 days ago
I was the only one at the table that found this to be ready to drink. Tremendous freshness on the nose and palate. It was showing wonderful citrus notes & minerals along with some hints of tropical fruit ( sign of the vintage imo).
A tremendous match with scallop coquilles St.-Jacques — a month ago
Along with 02, 04 and 10, 08 is one of my absolute favorite vintages from Raveneau. Tonight it is excellent and still markedly youthful. A multi hour decant brings out its superb weight, density, waxy yellow fruit and stony minerality with piercing lemony acids and saline driven finish. 2008 for me, is all about that Chablisian balance: proper levels of richness and acid, ripeness and minerality. Code yellow 🥳 — a month ago
Beautiful, a sense of the best lemon meringue with a drizzle of caramel. The palate is true to the nose, with some apple pie spice. Has been opened for three days. Remarkable! — 10 days ago
The 2020 Les Choisilles offers a floral and pear-like aromatic character. It's round and ripe with good grip on the finish, which could be a result of the vintage having had little juice in it; the wines have excellent structure and fruit purity. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, September 2022)
— 19 days ago