Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru 2011
Chardonnay from Chablis, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This wine presents a perfect balance between fresh minerality and very ripe fruit. The mouth is warm, delicious and salty, with a spicy cinnamon finish.
"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.
"The 2011 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is another of the more reticent wines in the lineup, but its potential is easier to see. Layers of brisk, saline minerality support the fruit in a typical, vivid expression of Montee de Tonnerre. The 2011 is endowed with lovely overall balance and tons of class. A hint of ocean breeze delineates the bright finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015+.
The Wine Advocate
"Good bright medium yellow. Aromas of grapefruit pith, lime, white flowers, pepper and crushed stone, plus a metallic nuance. Silky and round but not at all sweet; in fact this is the most austere of these 2011s to this point. Tightened up quickly in the glass, showing excellent precision and mineral energy. The slowly building, very subtle finish saturates the palate with crushed stone and leaves a perfumed quality behind. Plenty in reserve here.
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Chablis got a bad rap when its name was plastered on large jug wines in the 1980's and 90's. Luckily, the wine in those jugs has nothing in common with the actual region. Wines produced in Chablis are some of the most unique in the world. Typical descriptors of a classic Chablis include a greenish tinge on the wine, minerality and crisp acidity balanced by a round mouthfeel....
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...
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