2019 Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis
Roland Lavantureux founded his namesake Domaine in 1978 following completion of wine school in Beaune. Since then he has built a reputation for crafting some of the most consistent and reliable examples of Chablis from vineyards planted on the prized Kimmeridgian soils around the village of Lignorelles. The Domaine is now under the care of Roland's two sons Arnaud and David who have increased the family holdings to twenty-one hectares, adding single-vineyard cuvées while constantly striving for more complexity and layered texture in the mineral-driven wines they produce. Ferments are temperature controlled in stainless steel and all but the Petit-Chablis spends some time in 2 to 5 year old barriques. Whilst the Vaudesir is a mighty Grand Cru, the signature wine of the Domaine is the lieu-dit 'Vauprin' which is one of the highest vineyards in Chablis and gives remarkable mineral influence to the wine.
The 2019 Chablis exhibits notes of pear, ripe citrus fruit and buttered toast. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy but precise, it's brighter and better defined than its Petit Chablis counterpart. Drink 2020 - 2030.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)
Plenty of minerality to this with chalk, sliced-apple and lemon character. It’s medium-bodied with wonderful length and a fresh finish. Drink now.
25% wood is used for the Chablis, none new. Pale colour, ripe pears here. Luscious. There is a light reduction up front, concentrated fruit through the middle, bringing out the minerals behind. This 2019 Chablis has certainly kept its tension.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy