Led by traditional methods (manual harvesting and controlled yields), Domaine Raveneau is today one of the most sought-after names of the Chablis appellation. The vineyard covers 7.5 hectares, divided into five premier crus and three grands crus. Jean-Marie and Bernard Raveneau, the current owners, maintain the desire for perfection that has typified the maison since its origins: for example, they prefer to harvest early to ensure a good level of natural acidity, even to chaptalise rather than picking an over-matured fruit. In three generations, ownership has risen to a legendary rank: its worldwide reputation means that the wines are practically unobtainable, especially since the domaine no longer accepts new customers, all its harvest being reserved in advance. The fine wines are consistently harmonious, with superb minerality thanks to a honeyed touch due to élevage in wood. These wines are popular worldwide.
About the cuvée
On a plot of just 0.67 hectares of vines growing inside the vast Premier Cru des Montmains, this Premier Cru Forêt from Domaine Raveneau faces the Grands Crus and the Montée de Tonnerre in Chablis. A very special part of this Chablis terroir is made up of Kimmeridgian marls in which there are many fossilised oysters dating from the prehistoric era. The wine growing in this domain is environmentally sustainable (but is not certified organic). The harvest is carried out by hand and the yields are intentionally very low. The winegrowers use indigenous yeasts to kick start the fermentation. The Premier Cru Forêt offers aromas of pear mixed with notes of aniseed and honey. The palate is rich and powerful, crystal clear with perfectly integrated acidity. Overall, this Chablis is sublime! You can keep it for decades in your cellar without any problem. For the food-wine pairing, white meat will enhance the wine.
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