2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Butteaux Vieilles Vignes" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Michel’s 2010 Chablis Butteaux Vieilles Vignes boasts serious depth. In 2010, the Vieilles Vignes is rich, powerful and seductive. Honey, almonds and succulent peaches wrap around the palate as this deeply resonant, textured wine shows off its class and pedigree. Endless layers of fruit continue to build through to the finish. This is a dazzling effort. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from 60+ year old vines) *Outstanding* This was sufficiently reduced that it was difficult to read aromatically yet the underlying fruit seemed ripe with good Chablis character. The broad-shouldered flavors are slightly richer, denser and more intense than those of the regular cuvée and also offer an incremental amount of complexity on the very dry, focused and balanced finish. I admire the persistence as well as the old vine sap which serves to mostly, if not completely, buffer the mild backend austerity. This should be excellent in time as there is just more here.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Deep aromas of apricot and butter. Chewy and sweet in the mouth; more tactile than the regular Butteaux bottling if not particularly complex yet. But this very young wine features nicely integrated acidity and finishes chewy and long, with a saline complexity and noteworthy grip. The vines here are up to 75 years old