I opened the 2010 Raveneau Chablis Blanchot for a simple lunch on a Monday. It was tremendous, with an utterly thrilling mix of rich orchard and tropical fruit allied to superb structural depth. There was a little bit of wine left, so I put the bottle in the refrigerator, where I promptly forgot about it for four days. When I went back to the wine, I was quite frankly floored. After four days, some of the youthful fruit intensity had receded, while the wine had become fresher, more mineral-driven and quite a bit more focused. That last quarter-bottle was alive, vibrant and so full of life. I could not help thinking that I massively underrated the wine when it was younger. As for the 2010 Valmur and Clos, they are also drinking spectacularly well at this stage, although there are still very, very young. In that respect, the wines have not ‘developed’ very, very gradually over the last handful of years. At a time when consumers are terrified of losing their young white Burgundies to premox, I am happy to report that readers lucky enough to own the 2010 Raveneau Blanchot, Valmur and/or Clos have absolutely nothing to worry about. And back to the Blanchot, it is an absolutely stunning wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028
Robert Parker 95
An intriguing, rich, almost tropical expression of fruit emerges from the 2010 Chablis Blanchot, owing to the warmer microclimate in this site. The Blanchots is ripe, seductive and enveloping. Stylistically it is one of the flashier 2010s here. Layers of fruit build to the deeply resonant, radiant finish. The Blanchot should drink well relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2015+.