Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2020


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Chablis, France
98 points




Unfurling gracefully in the glass, Raveneau's 2020 Chablis Grand Cru Clos beckons with a captivating medley of orange oil, pear, confit lemon, and freshly baked bread, artfully framed by a subtle touch of youthful reduction. This full-bodied masterpiece exhibits layers of concentration, featuring a profound depth at its core and a tightly wound, muscular profile that leads to a long, saline finish. In the realm of recent vintages, where Valmur has often captured my admiration, the 2020 vintage unequivocally anoints the Clos as the reigning monarch of the cellar.

A wealth of vinous treasures awaited me at Domaine Raveneau, where the freshly bottled 2020s and mid-bottling 2019s were revisited, showcasing the brilliance of both vintages in their slightly richer, more muscular expression. Isabelle and Maxime Raveneau's strategic choice to commence the harvest on August 28, 2020, resulted in wines with finished alcohol levels between 12.8% to 13.5%, imparting brightness and incisiveness to the 2020s and setting the stage for delightful comparisons and enjoyment for Chablis enthusiasts over the years to come.


98 points
View Reviewer

From 40-50-year-old vines, with a powerful and forceful nose displaying intriguing smoky notes. A wall of concentration on the palate, with vibrant orchard tree fruit, white flowers, great acidity, intense focus and a long, savoury, mineral aftertaste. Despite the power it’s not showy, but is terroir-driven with total purity and for the very long haul.

97 points

restrained nose immediately makes clear that it could be from nowhere else but Chablis with its array of mineral reduction, oyster shell, iodine, spice, floral and citrus aromas. There is once again excellent volume and intensity to the even more concentrated big-bodied flavors that deliver huge length on the bone-dry, austere and compact finish. This is presently a block of stone that is going to need at least some patience and a wine that should repay 15+ years of cellaring. Moreover, it is not only a candidate for wine of the vintage honors but could legitimately vie for being one of the all-time great examples of Raveneau Clos. I shudder to think at what price it will trade at but if you can afford it, don't hesitate.

97 points
Wine Advocate

Unwinding in the glass with notes of orange oil, pear, confit lemon and freshly baked bread, framed by a light touch of youthful reduction, Raveneau's 2020 Chablis Grand Cru Clos is full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with huge depth at the core and a tightly wound, muscular profile, concluding with a long, saline finish. If in many recent vintages I've had a weakness for the domaine's Valmur, in 2020 it's clearly the Clos that's the king of the cellar. An embarrassment of riches awaited me at Domaine Raveneau, where I revisited the now just-bottled 2020s and also tasted the 2019s that were mid-bottling during my last visit to the domaine. Isabelle and Maxime Raveneau began the harvest on August 28, 2020, and were happy with their choice, reporting finished alcohol levels between 12.8% to 13.5%. Bright and incisive, the 2020s have turned out brilliantly, as have the 2019s, in their somewhat richer, more muscular register. Chablis lovers will have a hard time choosing between them—and a lot of fun comparing them—over the decades to come. Readers looking for more information on this estate are directed to my producer commentary in Issue 244 End of August 2019, as well as my feature on the domaine in the End of March 2019 issue of The Wine Advocate.


Serving Temp.
8-11 °C
Cellar until
2030 - 2050
Food pairing
Chablis pairs exceptionally well with oysters, shellfish, and other seafood dishes, as its crisp acidity and mineral character complement the brininess and delicate flavors of the seafood.

Tasting Profile

A subtly restrained nose unequivocally announces its Chablis origin, showcasing an array of enchanting mineral reduction, oyster shell, iodine, spice, floral, and citrus aromas that embody the unique terroir of the region.
The palate unfolds with a delightful waxy texture, revealing subtle herbaceous undertones and a hint of peppery spice, culminating in a persistent finish adorned with touches of zesty orange peel.

Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2020

Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2020

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