2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Vaudésir" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118438 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 1 ha parcel of 30 to 65 year old vines). A notably ripe and even mildly exotic nose features notes of white peach, wet stone, pear and hints of apricot and tangerine that introduce rich, powerful and solidly wellconcentrated flavors that possess a real sense of volume on the intense, vibrant and explosively long finish that really coats the palate with dry extract. This terrific effort should offer 6 to 10 years of upside development potential.  (9/ 2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers will find an open, seductive and totally beautiful wine in the 2010 Chablis Vaudesir. An endless array of aromas and flavors emerges from the glass as this gorgeous wine shows off its immense pedigree and class. Nothing in particular stands out; instead it is the wine’s sheer pleasure that is most captivating. In 2010, the Vaudesir is pure sensuality. Already alluring today, it also has enough depth to drink well for a number of years. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Subtle if slightly exotic aromas of apricot, peach and orange blossom. Beautifully balanced in a fruit-driven style, with an enticing sugar/acid balance accentuating the wine's mid-palate precision. This firmly built, very fruity grand cru will be accessible young but has the energy and intensity to age well.  (7/ 2012)

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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, Mâcon, 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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.