I’ve been staring at this vintage in my collection for some time now. Decided it was time even though further benefits would come with more years in bottle. That’s not to say, we are not throughly enjoying this on a lazy sunny evening.
The nose reveals; lemon custard to meringue, green apple, lime zest, pineapple, grapefruit with pith, amazing honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, honey, flinty notes, some dry herbs, nuts, hints of butterscotch & toffee, some very light vanillin, crushed limestone minerals, jasmine and white spring flowers.
The body is round and voluptuous. The mouthfeel is incredible and creamy. Flat out gorgeous and sexy. lemon custard to meringue that falls into lemon sourness, green apple, lime zest, pineapple, grapefruit with pith, stone fruits, amazing honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, honey, steely & flinty notes, some dry herbs, nuts, more butterscotch toffee than the nose, some very light vanillin, more white spice with a little heat than the nose, crushed limestone minerals, powdery chalkiness jasmine and white spring flowers with greens. The acidity is amazing pure and simple. The long, round, voluptuous, gorgeous, elegant, incredibly well balanced and persists several minutes. Such a great producer! Believe the hype.
Excellent with Brie & white crackers with a drizzle of honey. As well, with the dry white Grand Queso which, has some nice nuttiness that plays well into the wine.
Notes on their vinification. Their viticulture is largely natural, with the old vines severely pruned in winter to reduce yields. After hand-harvesting, the fruit is pressed immediately and settled for half a day. Fermentation is largely in cuve, and the malolactic proceeds at its own pace, followed by a year’s aging in small oak barrels called feuillettes.
The feuillettes, about half the size of a barrique, are one of the keys to the expressiveness of Raveneaus wines. Averaging seven to eight years in age, they don’t contribute new oak aromas and flavors, but serve to gently open the wine during the élevage. This enhances the wonderful perfume and creamy texture that are the hallmarks of these wines, particularly when they are mature.
Their Foret Vineyard is only .67 ha. and the vines are roughly 15 years of age.
Photos of; Owner-Son and half of the winemaking team Jean-Marie Raveneau, Isabelle Ravenea in the cellar and the metal work sign that hangs above their facilities. If not for that sign, you would never know they were there on a quiet back street not far from the center of town. — 22 days ago
This has real presence. Lemon oil, honeysuckle, a whiff of honey on the nose. A bigger midpalate than the 08. With time in the glass limestone and rock pools come through- a great tension between minerality and fruit. This is fleshy, pure and exotic next to the 08 bug is all in great balance. Drinking well now. Gorgeous. — 13 days ago
One of the best chablis ive tried! — 20 days ago
The 2016 Domaine Francois Raveneau ‘Foret’ Chablis is a massive wine that is wound up tighter than a top at the present moment. Needing more than an hour decant to slowly evolve aromatically, the wine gradually takes shape in the glass with bright nectarine skin, green apple, clove and wild mushroom tones that complement the beam of salinity. The palate has incredible energy and freshness, showing bright kumquat zest, diatomaceous earth, peat moss with flinty undertones and a sterling minerality. Fantastic and intense in its youth, this really needs another year of bottle age to fully get going. Drink 2020-2035 — 17 days ago
Very pure fruit still. Clear dark and quite fresh on the nose. Lots of bloody, herbal stuff alongside the plums and currant. Age on the edges with a slight trace of toffee. In great shape but more burly than the super pretty 64 alongside. — 13 days ago