Chablis Master - Lowest Price: 09 Raveneau Valmur, MdT, Butteaux, Blanchots & more

Posted by Ian McFadden

Chablis' Master
- Lowest Price in the Nation
2009 Raveneau: Butteaux, MdT,
Blanchots, Valmur & more

Today we present two things that almost never happen: a long list of Raveneau at the sharpest pricing around by a good margin..

What's there to say about Raveneau? He's a king of Chablis, plain and simple. Few growers are so meticulous, so consistent, and few make wines as profound...

As such, there's never enough Raveneau to go around. Today, we’re happy to offer Raveneau’s 2009s from Chablis AC to Valmur, all at the lowest price around by a good margin.

This is an offer that I’m very excited about for two reasons: first, Raveneau has the magic touch when it comes to ripe vintages, like 09, 05, 02 and 90. He’s able to take all the intensity and concentration while maintaining verve, detail and Chablis’ signature minerality.

The other reason for my excitement is pricing. Compared to other 09 Raveneau pricings, these prices are really, really good. Comparing ‘09 pricing to ’10 lends another perspective on how good pricing is. For example, 2010 Valmur is going for $385 while the 2009 is on offer today for $219. Raveneau has assumed superstar status for a huge group of wine lovers and prices will continue a swift climb upward.

That’s it. As I said, Raveneau is king and these prices are really sharp.

View the complete list below. To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2009 Raveneau

Compare at up to $80
Burghound: "A pretty and relatively perfumed nose of white floral notes nuanced by hints of citrus and crushed sea shell leads to textured and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that offer fine intensity and persistence for a wine at this level. This should drink well young."

Compare at $102-155
Burghound: "
A similar but more complex nose offers more obvious Chablis character that continues onto the rich and nicely full-bodied flavors that possess an attractive generosity on the pure and solidly well-delineated finish. This should also drink well young as it is already approachable."

Compare at $125-180
Burghound: "
Here the aromatic profile is dominated by dried floral and light spice notes that are trimmed in a subtle touch of wood before introducing solidly well-concentrated and rich medium-bodied flavors that are notably rounder than usual, all wrapped in a seductively textured and distinctly saline finish. A lovely wine of grace and understatement."

Compare at $114-220

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Burghound: "This is completely different with its intense soil tones, green fruit and oyster shell notes, all of which can also be found on the relatively powerful, intense and stony middle weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the austere lemon-suffused and tension-filled finish. This excellent effort is quite dry in the context of the vintage."

Compare at $120-190

Compare at $395-410
Burghound: "Subtle wood sets off aromas of flowers, oyster shell and tidal pool that complement perfectly the racy, pure and strikingly well-detailed medium plus weight flavors that brim with minerality on the delicious, mouth coating and impressively long finish. This beautifully vibrant and concentrated effort should drink well young and age well too plus it's more classic in style than many wines from this vintage."

Compare at $230-269
Burghound: "
Here too there is just a background hint of wood that does not intrude upon the wonderfully refined aromas that are airy, pure and lacy and exhibit largely the same components as the Montée de Tonnerre. The detailed and equally pure flavors are unusually forward with fine intensity and superb finishing length and minerality. I like the high level of extract and overall sense of balance."

Compare at $230-289
Burghound: "
A much more reserved nose of fresh, cool and restrained green fruit, sea breeze and wet stone aromas precedes detailed, minerally and impeccably well-balanced and gorgeously persistent flavors that are Zen-like in their sense of harmony. There is a real sense of energy and flat out terrific length"