2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Grenouilles'

SKU #1433927 94 points Decanter

 Domaine bottlings of this grand cru are comparatively rare, such is the dominance of the La Chablisienne co-operative. This unoaked example is delicious, showing real zip and zest with crunchy pear and citrus flavours. Drinking window 2020-2026. (TA)  (10/2018)

94 points John Gilman

 Both the Grenouilles and the les Clos are a bit denser in the mid-palate than the Vaudésir in 2017, due to the very low yields. The 2017 Grenouilles shows excellent potential on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet offering up scents of pink grapefruit, apple, flinty minerality, a touch of smokiness, citrus peel and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is fullbodied, focused and again, rock solid at the core, with excellent cut and grip, a still quite primary personality and a very long, very mineral and racy finish. This will need a bit more time to unfurl, but will be excellent in due course. 2025-2060+.  (1/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (WK)  (8/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 A parcel at the top of the cru that touches Vaudesir, this has a very chalky and stony nose with light yellow peaches, melon and lemons. Very pure and fresh. The palate has such attractive purity and directly fresh, juicy and elegant style. Fresh melon and nectarines sit open and approachable. Drink or hold.  (8/2019)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more floral-inflected nose combines notes of mineral reduction, pear, apple and a touch of petrol. There is good power and punch to the bigger and richer flavors that aren't especially complex today either though again, there is excellent underlying material so I would expect that this will develop better depth with a few years of cellaring.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

92-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Faint lemon touch, spice yet still finesse too, impressive weight, a nice crunchy touch behind, no feeling of over-ripeness and the finish is exceptionally powerful." (1/2019)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.