“Those who favour stainless steel want the purest flavour of Chablis, with the firm streak of acidity and the mineral quality that the French describe as goût de pierre à fusil, or gunflint. Louis Michel’s is generally considered to be the epitome of this style.”
Jancis Robinson, Oxford Companion to Wine

The Michel family have been working the soils of Chablis since 1850, acquiring some of the most prime sites of the region.  The thoughtful and gracious Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel is now in charge of this quality focused estate, where over two-thirds of their production deals in Premier Cru holdings! Organically driven, they’re heavy handed in the vineyard with 70% of their work force focussed here.  They prefer to keep their winemaking philosophy simple, employing stainless steel, natural yeasts and ageing on fine lees in tank to keep the purity of the wines intact.

These charismatic wines are respectful and expressive of their vineyards, their individual personalities are a delight to explore!  From the precocious 1er Cru Butteaux, to the reserved and composed Grand Cru Les Clos, there is an electric thread of acidity to this bunch of 2014’s.  Their chiselled framework is balanced by a deeply set core of cooler fruits and florals, alongside smoky gunflint notes. 2014 is a classic and energetic vintage with scintillating acidity, and these are amongst the most exciting wines we’ve seen!

Value can still be found on these upper slopes of Burgundy.  Unlike the Cote d’Or where prices have sky rocketed, these Premier and Grand Crus are still within reach in both price and allocation,  and time in cellar will greatly reward these tightly coiled wines.

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PREMIER CRUS

2014 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
~ average vine age 37 years
‘Very tight nose hints at flowers; unusually classy for this wine, which is typically a bit more rustic and earthy than the more minerally, iodiney Montmains. Then broad and lively in the mouth, showing sound acidity and a tactile, lightly tannic finish.’ Steven Tanzer Vinous Media June 2015

2014 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes
~ average vine age 51 years, this parcel is located on the top of the slopes, with clay loam on the surface and plenty of limestone
‘….. more size, weight, volume and mid-palate concentration to the big-bodied and equally muscular flavours that deliver excellent power, punch and complexity on the impressively long finish. This is a classic Butteaux of power and muscle.’
Allen Meadows, Burghound October 2015

2014 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Séchets
~ sub-section of Vaillon with an average vine age of 30 years, the soil is a mix of Kimmeridgian marl, limestone and browny red clay
‘…..boasts lovely delicacy to its intense flavours of stone fruits, flowers and chalk. Fine-grained, smooth wine with solid spine; this will need a few years of cellaring upon release. More Kimmeridgian in its minerality than the Vaillons.’ Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media June 2015

2014 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montmain
‘Shy aromas of peach and stony minerality, with a riper note of orange emerging with air. Supple and easygoing in the mouth, with a sweet peach flavour dominating. Harmonious acidity gives grip to the finish of this discreet premier cru.’

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media June 2015

2014 Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
~ located on the right bank next to the Grand Crus, this is the most prestigious 1er Cru
‘Subtle, pure, scented nose combines stone fruits, crushed rock, spices and a touch of flinty minerality. Big and rich in the mouth but still a bit youthfully compact, conveying a dusty impression of extract from its strong underlying minerality. Finishes tactile and long.’
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media June 2015

GRAND CRUS

2014 Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
~ average vine age 45 years
‘A notably ripe yet cool array is composed of citrus, orange peel, sea breeze and floral scents. There is excellent cut and delineation to the mouth coating and terrifically intense middle weight plus flavours that possess an incredibly fine mouth feel on the almost pungently mineral-driven finish. This explosive effort will need a few years but the potential is clearly present.’
Allen Meadows, Burghound October 2015

2014 Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
~ Located halfway up the hillside, in the heart of the vineyard, Louis Michel’s 1.2-acre parcel is split into two: one half was planted in 1967 and the other half was replanted in 2000
‘Sexy, subtly complex aromas of lime blossom and acacia flower. Suave on entry, then youthful and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with harmonious acidity framing and extending the intense citrus and powdered stone flavours. A rather delicate young Clos with a saline aftertaste and no austerity.’  Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media June 2015

 

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