Louis Michel's superb 2017 Chablis Cru releases
Intense and tensile wines are the calling card here, pure and unadorned by style and consistently high in quality. WILLIAM KELLEY The Wine Advocate
In tasting, the 2017s show terrific energy and the site-specific character that makes Chablis one of the world’s most transparent and nuanced wines… It is a vintage of tremendous appeal for the Chablis lover, and one I personally like very much. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous Media
I would argue that the premier cru climats of Chablis elevate terroir to its most precise expression. Here, with a laser-like focus on a single grape variety, minimal (or no) use of oak and a marginal, cool climate, the vignerons of Chablis craft the most scintillating and precise examples of vineyard expression. ANDY HOWARD MW, Decanter
Louis Michel et Fils has produced an outstanding set of wines in 2017, a vintage that was defined by tiny yields due to hale but some exceptional quality. Luckily for this meticulously run domaine the hail spared a good portion of their best vineyard sites. The wines balance richness, a tightly knit density with a classic line and feel. Exuberant stuff.
The Michel family vinify in stainless steel, in fact they were one of the first to abandon all other formats sometime in the sixties. Ferments are spontaneous and fairly straight forward with character being derived from exceptional fruit, delicate handling and long gentle ferments with time for the finished wine to rest and evolve in tank before bottling. In the case of the premier crus this is at least 12 months, 18 for their Grand Cru’s.
These wines can be quite brisk in cooler vintages requiring a few years to unfurl. Whilst 2017 does sit squarely in the classic Chablis profile, its fruit and intensity hits you right out of the gate. Instead these would benefit from a couple of years patience to come into perfect focus.
There’s six 1er Cru’s and 2 Grand cru cuvee’s here which would make a tidy flight of Chablis to enjoy and get your wine nerd on.