Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru, Grenouilles 2011

75.00

 

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...

 

 

“The 2011 Chablis Grenouilles boasts gorgeous depth and sheer power. This is a decidedly big, fleshy wine laced with dried pears, flowers, honey, licorice and spices. There is a verticality to the Grenouilles that is highly appealing. Layers of fruit continue to build to the creamy, resonant finish. My sense is that the Grenouilles will drink well relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2014+”.

91-94/100 Robert Parker 2012

 

“This is ripe yet very fresh with notes of iodine, ocean breeze, mineral reduction and dried yellow orchard fruit. Somewhat surprisingly, this is both bigger and richer than the Vaudésir but with first class vibrancy, all wrapped in a saline-infused, explosive and distinctly cool finish. In sum, this is really lovely because despite the size and weight, the balance is impeccable.”

92/100 Burghound

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