The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has a very backward nose, one of the most laconic of Raveneau’s 2015s at the moment. The palate is powerful and intense with a citric entry, quite tensile in the mouth and regaining its composure to deliver a very harmonious orange zest and white peach-tinged second half that feels very assured. This Valmur is packed with potential. Superb.
Since 2010, Isabelle Raveneau has deftly slipped into the daily running of the most revered Chablis domain of them all. When we met up I wanted to know a little more about how she became the next generation to tend the vines. Her journey was certainly not a direct one. It rather zigzagged its way back to Chablis. Winemaking found her, not the other way round. Growing up, there was no expectation of continuing the winemaking tradition and instead she did what normal young people do: backpacked around Australia, working as a waitress then in an office job in England where she clearly honed her almost fluent English, enjoying hobbies such as handball where she played for the region. It was only after the passing of her grandmother, when she realized that her family's winemaking tradition might come to an end, that she accepted the baton from her father and uncle.