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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Forets Premier Cru 2017

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aromas of Meyer lemon, mandarin, warm biscuits, beeswax and dried white flowers introduce the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Forêts, a medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny wine with an enveloping attack, succulent acids and a pure, elegantly saline finish. This is a dramatic but controlled Forêts that's textural but precise.
JS 92
James Suckling
The limestone here is a guiding influence with fresh lime and green-mango aromas, as well as wet, chalky stones. The palate has a very fresh and composed feel with supple, fleshy fruit and a nicely composed finish. Good depth here. Drink now.
BH 91
Burghound.com
An ultra-fresh nose offers up an array of citrus, pear, white peach and like the Petit Chablis, plenty of Chablis typicity. There is excellent punch to the sleekly muscled medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the relatively powerful, super-saline and focused finish where the only nit is a touch of warmth. Solid quality.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils, France
Chablis was made famous by the merchants of Beaune. In the early eighteenth century, Beaune meant red burgundy; Chablis meant white. This caught on and around the world. Chablis became a synonym for dry white wine.

Today, Domaine Louis Michel is one of the leading family-held estates in Chablis, not only in terms of production, but also in the reputation they have gained as producers of consistently high quality Chablis. The Michel philosophy is "Let the wine make itself, as far as possible". In sticking to this philosophy Jean-Loup Michel uses no barrels.

"Louis Michel has long been the reference point for tank fermented Chablis. I have been a huge admirer of his wines for years. Why? They are perhaps the purest expressions of the stony Chardonnay fruit grown on the limestone slopes of this northern Burgundy appellation." Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate

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The source of the most racy, light and tactile, yet uniquely complex Chardonnay, Chablis, while considered part of Burgundy, actually reaches far past the most northern stretch of the Côte d’Or proper. Its vineyards cover hillsides surrounding the small village of Chablis about 100 miles north of Dijon, making it actually closer to Champagne than to Burgundy. Champagne and Chablis have a unique soil type in common called Kimmeridgian, which isn’t found anywhere else in the world except southern England. A 180 million year-old geologic formation of decomposed clay and limestone, containing tiny fossilized oyster shells, spans from the Dorset village of Kimmeridge in southern England all the way down through Champagne, and to the soils of Chablis. This soil type produces wines full of structure, austerity, minerality, salinity and finesse.

Chablis Grands Crus vineyards are all located at ideal elevations and exposition on the acclaimed Kimmeridgian soil, an ancient clay-limestone soil that lends intensity and finesse to its wines. The vineyards outside of Grands Crus are Premiers Crus, and outlying from those is Petit Chablis. Chablis Grand Cru, as well as most Premier Cru Chablis, can age for many years.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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