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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2011 Product #26470 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2011 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2011

Another fantastic wine from Chablis traditionalist Louis Michel. Stylistically, a blend of 2010's vibrancy and 2009's richness. Winemaker Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel thinks this will age well, but "it may not really matter as they are already so attractive that they will be hard to resist young."

"This is more typical, aromatically speaking, with its expressive nose of iodine, lemon rind and layered green fruit aromas. There is good richness and solid mid-palate density to the seductively textured flavors that possess good verve on the agreeably tangy and lingering finish. This more firmly structured effort offers fine quality for what it is."Allen Meadows 88-90 points

"Lemon, smoke, butter, spices and white flowers emerge from the 2011 Chablis. A blend of premier crus from the left bank, the Chablis captures a highly attractive middle ground between the richness of the year and the inherent minerality of Chablis. It should drink nicely upon release. Anticipated maturity: 2013+."Wine Advocate 87-88 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2012 Product #27975 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2012 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2012

Just another fantastic wine from the Chablis traditionalists at Domaine Louis Michel. We love the marriage of ripe, wide-open, Chardonnay fruit with Chablis’ crisp acidity and lingering, refreshing, wet-stone minerality.  Co-winemaker Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel loves how his 2011s “are classic but with charm as they have plenty of Chablis character but without the austerity of vintages like 2008 or 2010.” 

From first sniff, this blend of organically grown Chardonnay from 25+ year-old vines grown in several different 1er Cru vineyards screams “Chablis!”  Generous aromas of fresh-from-the-tree apple, mint, white flowers, and crushed stones jump from the glass.  The wine enters your mouth with a sense of richness and lusciousness with generous flavors of crisp apple, green fig, tangerine and lime zest followed by a big burst of mouthwatering lemon/lime acidity and salty oyster shell and chalk minerality.  The rich texture makes this delicious to sip all on its own, but it will sing with shellfish, halibut, and creamy mushroom and chicken dishes, too.  Bravo!

"There is plenty of Chablis character to the mostly green fruit and shellfish suffused nose. I like the mouth feel to the round and intense medium-bodied flavors that possess fine persistence on the clean, dry and focused finish.” Allen Meadows 88 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2012 Product #28068 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2012 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2012

Some of the most chalky soils in Chablis here, and you’ll taste the chalk and limestone in the wine.  The wine is actually a touch riper than Forets, but with fantastic tension and purity.

"Michel's 2012 Chablis Vaillons brings together intense mineral notes along with more exotic suggestions of orange peel, star anise and spice, all in a medium-bodied, energetic style that is highly appealing. There is a level of transparency and pure nuance in the 2012 that is striking." Antonio Galloni 90-92 points

"Plenty of volume and a lovely minerality to the delicious medium weight flavors that offer good if not truly special depth and length on the otherwise balanced finish."Allen Meadows 89-90 points

“Bright green-tinged yellow. Scented aromas of pear, citrus zest, lichee, white pepper and acacia flower. Intensely flavored and tactile, with very good energy to its citrus, spice and mint flavors. This pristine wine shows a light touch and finishes with sneaky length.” International Wine Cellar 88-92 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2011 Product #27260 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2011 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2011

From Chablis very best 1er Cru vineyard, a wine that flirts with Grand Cru cut and length.

“Sweet Spot Outstanding. Discreet notes of algae, oyster shell and white flowers slide gracefully into rich, concentrated and overtly muscular middle weight flavors that possess both excellent volume and palate staining dry extract. The sheer depth here is most impressive as is the persistence on the borderline bone dry finish.”Allen Meadows 91-94 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2012 Product #28069 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2012 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Forets 2012

Despite the generosity and ripeness, I thought this was more like a 2010 than a 2012 when I tasted it last week.  There’s a lovely honeyed richness to the lime and apple fruit, and the finish is long, detailed, and pure.

"I very much like the intensity and detail of the mineral-driven, chiseled and overtly austere medium-bodied flavors that possess a borderline salty finish. This is excellent and I suspect that the youthful austerity will dissipate relatively quickly."Allen Meadows 89-92 points

“Featuring a remarkable amalgam of herbed chicken stock, oyster liqueur, clam juice, and fresh lemon juice. While this displays considerable substantiality, it also boasts greater animation and clarity than many of its immediate stable mates, finishing with invigoratingly zesty sizzle, refreshing brightness, and mouthwateringly meaty and crustacean savor.” Wine Advocate 91-92 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2012 Product #28067 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2012 Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2012

Probably the best 1er Cru vineyard in Chablis, Montee de Tonnere lies on the same part of the hill and on the same soils as Les Clos.  More powerful and mineral than Forets, but also a touch less open today.  Magnificent.

"The 2012 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is wonderfully alive in the glass. Crystalline, precise and drop-dead gorgeous, the 2012 captures the best qualities of the year. Sweet floral notes add a sense of airiness to the 2012 that is hugely appealing, while the intense minerality kicks in on the delicate, gracious finish."  Antonio Galloni 92-94 points

"Sweet Spot Outstanding. An expressive nose of fresh, cool and reserved aromas that are elegant, airy and intensely citrus-inflected merge seamlessly into rich, intense and pure medium-bodied flavors that possess really lovely balance and superb length on the saline and markedly dry finish. This is a wine of harmony and impeccably good balance."Allen Meadows 90-92 points

“Complex, inviting nose combines white peach, lemon, lime, crushed stone and fresh herbs. Densely packed and highly concentrated, with ineffable notes of citrus fruit, flowers, minerals, mint and herbs. Boasts a lovely balance of sucrosite and acidity. Really stains the palate and vibrates on the aromatic, mineral-tinged aftertaste.” International Wine Cellar 91-94 points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles 2010 Product #26235 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles 2010 Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles 2010

"This is perhaps ever-so-slightly riper still than the Vaudésir, yet the expressive nose remains cool and fresh with aromas of white flowers, tidal pool and citrus nuances that merge gracefully into full-bodied and overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that also possess plenty of acid-buffering dry extract on the tight, intense and highly enduring finish. Excellent cellar potential."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

"The 2010 Chablis Grenouilles, on the other hand, is much more closed down. Today it is the wine’s crystalline minerality that comes through most clearly. Hints of jasmine, green pears and apples develop in the glass, but this is a wine that needs time before its full personality begins to emerge. It is above all else a wine of finesse and, at times, an almost feminine vulnerability. Anticipated maturity: 2014."Wine Advocate 94+ points

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Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2010 Product #26236 (In Stock)
Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2010 Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2010

"Hints of sulfur reduce the present attractiveness of the otherwise complex and well-nuanced nose that displays notes of oyster shell, white pepper and dried flowers. Like the Grenouilles, this is also very tight and backwards with its beautifully detailed and borderline painfully intense flavors that culminate in a serious, linear and palate staining finish. This impeccably well-balanced effort should also amply reward 6 to 10 years of development."Allen Meadows 92-94 points

"Michel’s 2010 Chablis Les Clos comes across as big, rich and powerful. It is rather viscous on the palate, as there was a touch of botrytis in the vineyard. In 2010, it is the vintage that speaks most loudly. I can’t say this is an especially typical Les Clos, but it is a beautiful wine if taken on its own terms. Nectarine, peaches, exotic flowers and anise meld together on the textured finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013+."Wine Advocate 93 points

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