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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • BH94
13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

It will reveal notes of spring meadow flowers, white fruit and kiwi. The absence of an artificial woody taste ensures that there is perfect harmony between the aromatic complexity and the minerality of the terroir.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Range: 91-94
BH 94
Burghound.com
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.
Rang: 92-94
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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils, Chablis, Burgundy, 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

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 Grand Cru vineyards are all located at ideal elevations and exposition on the acclaimed Kimmeridgian soil while most of the vineyards in the outlying spots are referred to as Petit Chablis. Chablis Grand Cru, as well as some Petit Chablis, can age for many years.

Chardonnay

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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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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