The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. The winery is situated in the heart of the village, with the 25-hectare vineyard spread over the very first slopes that were discovered by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. Forty years ago, the family decided to stop making the wine in wooden barrels, preferring to create clean, pure and precise Chablis without adding artificial woody tastes. Through this philosophy, combined with the limited yields inspired by organic winegrowing techniques, the domaine has developed a worldwide reputation for fine winemaking in stainless steel tanks. Today it’s Jean-Loup Michel and his nephew Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel who uphold the family tradition and further its reputation.
This is a wine of power, energy and breadth, made from 3ha of vines in this fine right bank site just south of the grands crus. Like Michel's village Chablis it's still an infant, but you can sense its density and power quietly building like water behind a dam. Elemental, brooding notes reminiscent of plant sap and ground stone lurk in that resonant, aromatic inarticulacy, yet its mute force succeeds in seeming concentrated, close-grained and sheer in the mouth. Rating: 95 Points; Andrew Jefford; Decanter
A very impressive and quite classical nose with grapefruit, lime peel, nectarine and dried flowers with a stony edge. The palate's very neatly forged with a wealth of ripe white peaches. A very succulent, long and complete shape. Drink now or hold. Rating: 93 Points; James Suckling
Its ultimate quality is very easy to read, as the wine delivers a fine bouquet of lemon, pear, tart orange, complex, chalky minerality, white flowers and a touch of anise in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and very minerally, with a fine core, excellent cut and grip and superb backend mineral drive on the very long and snappy finish. Excellent Montée de Tonnerre! Drink: 2021-2050; Rating: 93 Points; John Gilman
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