Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru, Grenouilles 2017

79.00

 

Chardonnay

The Michel family has been making Chablis since 1850. The family vineyard, whose vines are 45 years old on average, is located in the heart of the original Chablis terroir, on the most prestigious parcels within a radius of two kilometers from the winery. The 25 hectares of the Domaine’s vineyards cover all four appellations: Chablis Grand Cru, Premier Cru, Chablis, and Petit Chablis. The Domaine makes three Grand Crus (Grenouilles, Les Clos, Vaudésir), as well as seven Premier Crus.

Each vineyard is managed individually, with its own regime of pruning, leaf pulling, green harvest, cover crops, and tilling designed to maximize vine health and help express the site. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeast only.

In the 1980s the family decided to stop using barrels for wine maturation switching to stainless steel tanks which are totally neutral and allow the expression of complexity and pureness of the aromas, respecting the authentic taste of true Chablis, without any artificial wood.

 

White Wine

France

About This Wine...

Grenouilles is legendary and rare, it is one of the smallest Grand Crus in Chablis. Louis Michel & Fils tends a parcel located in the upper reaches of the appellation’s hillside. Aged in stainless steel tanks, for at least 18 months.

“I certainly misjudged the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles from tank last year, as from bottle this would appear to be one of the high points of the Louis Michel portfolio. Mingling notes of fresh peach, yellow apples and dried white flowers with aromas of honeycomb and fresh pastry, it’s full-bodied, layered and textural, with a satiny attack that segues into a deep, concentrated mid-palate, underpinned by racy acids and concluding with a bright finish. Drink 2022 – 2040.”

94/100 Robert Parker 2019

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