Louis Michel Chablis 2018 Big Guns Offer
Louis Michel’s uber refreshing Chablis Premier and Grand Crus remain incredible value
This is a strong collection of 2018s and 2017s from Louis Michel. The wines are done with spontaneous fermentations. As always, vinification and aging is done entirely in steel, a choice made to exalt the personality of each site. It’s hard to argue with that. Even in 2018, the wines are delineated and differentiated. Readers will find plenty of highlights. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
Today, Guillaume Michel presides over this important 22-hectare estate, which has long been the reference for tank-fermented and matured Chablis, a style that the Michel family did much to popularize in the 1980s. Intense and tensile wines are the calling card here, pure and unadorned by style and consistently high in quality. Indeed, I sometimes think that Louis Michel is the most underrated of Chablis’s great domaines. Certainly, prices remain very reasonable. They come warmly recommended, and their 2018 collection shows plenty of promise. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate
Chablis is having a bit of a moment right now. A day in the sun. it’s not that the wines have changed, I don’t even think that people’s tastes have changed. I assume there is just more people who have begun to realise that Chablis is one of the world’s most special and unique wine growing regions and it produces the most distinctively thrilling examples of Chardonnay from anywhere on the planet. It’s tell tale minerality and saline aspects make it stand out from their illustrious cousins to the south. The quality is equal to the great whites of the Cotes de Beaune and their price tags remain sensible. Whatever it is I have never seen the appetite for these wines in Australia as voracious as it is today.
Not much better in the world of wine than great Chablis and not many producers I would rather drink than Louis Michel. Guillaume’s style is one of purity of site and fruit over all else. Everything here is fermented and aged in stainless steel, each tank designed specifically for each vineyard. The philosophy that guides every part of the viticulture and winemaking here is focused on ensuring that the wines that go to bottle are as close to a direct soil and season transfer as possible.
Nowhere else in the world does Chardonnay carry itself with such majesty and display such abundant, intense minerality that winemaking like this works with the variety. No one else in the region does it as well or with such regularly spectacular results as Louis Michel.
I still think Louis Michel’s wines, as special and exciting as they are, also represent some of the best value in the region when you take the quality on offer compared to their humble price tags. Their ability to age gracefully is also well known and greatly appreciated by collectors.
The sort version is, these are Chablis that everyone can love. Drink them young and they are an exhilarating thrill ride, focused and chiselled wines. Give them time to age and they expand and evolve and the nuances of their sites begin to unfurl from their inwardly focused, youthful enthusiasm. Certainly the lively and uber refreshing wines we tasted this week present no reason for me to change my opinion of these wines. Either way, no matter when you open a bottle of these, you are in for a treat.
Truly great Chablis at these prices is something to celebrate. Please get in early to avoid missing out.