- Dom Louis Michel Chablis 2012 Product #27975 (In Stock)
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
- Dom Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montee Tonnerre 2012 Product #28067 (In Stock)
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
- Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles 2010 Product #26235 (In Stock)
"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
- Dom Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2010 Product #26236 (In Stock)
"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