The Showdown: Dauvissat vs. Raveneau Grand Cru tasting. ’04 Raveneau Valmur, ’08 Dauvissat Preuses, ’01 Raveneau Blanchot.
Our friend William Kelley is currently in Chablis doing his 2016 vintage report for Decanter magazine, we got together to taste some of the region’s finest wines of a bit older age. Although we found some bottles from The 90s, we eventually chose a line up with zero risk.
Dauvissat and Raveneau matter. Their wines represent what Chablis should be - some of the greatest whites in Bourgogne. Our mini tasting focused only on Grand Cru sites, all of which are highly respected.
2004 Raveneau Valmur - the moment we’ve set our eyes on the color we knew this wine will be perfectly balanced between freshness and maturity. At 13 years of age it tasted young and fresh. Loaded with lavender, seashell, green apple, lemon tart, lime. Awe-inspiring precision and depth. Very big wine.
2008 Dauvissat Preuses - it is rare to find a chardonnay in Bourgogne that is not about fruit, this wine was all about stones, oyster shell and white flowers. Pure and dynamic. Temperature is important for Preuses, this needs to warm up to reveal itself, but when it does - it is banging.
2001 Raveneau Blanchot - touch of botrytis gives the wine its exotic character. The richest grape juice of the night, expressing everything - ripe peach, spices, mushroom cream sauce. So much on the nose I could smell this 17 years old beauty all night long. Absolutely delicious, at its highest point.
Two of this region’s greatest producers ensured another memorable night in Burgundy.