2011 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Grenouilles"

SKU #1235755 91-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chablis Grenouilles boasts gorgeous depth and sheer power. This is a decidedly big, fleshy wine laced with dried pears, flowers, honey, licorice and spices. There is a verticality to the Grenouilles that is highly appealing. Layers of fruit continue to build to the creamy, resonant finish. My sense is that the Grenouilles will drink well relatively early. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/2012)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is ripe yet very fresh with notes of iodine, ocean breeze, mineral reduction and dried yellow orchard fruit. Somewhat surprisingly, this is both bigger and richer than the Vaudésir but with first class vibrancy, all wrapped in a saline-infused, explosive and distinctly cool finish. In sum, this moderately dry effort is lovely and in particular the balance is impeccable.  (10/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Musky, deeply pitched aromas of peachy fruit salad, vanilla, honey and hazelnut, with notes of exotic pineapple, apricot and grilled nuts that almost suggest a bit of noble rot. Fat, sweet and stuffed with stone fruit flavors. Plump and full yet shapely too, thanks to nicely integrated acidity. A fruit bomb of a Chablis grand cru, offering considerable early appeal and the concentration for mid-term aging. Jean-Loup Michel noted that this wine is not as high in alcohol as it tended to be when the vines were younger: one of the two parcels was planted in 1954 while the other is about 25 years old, according to Michel.  (7/2013)

92 points Vinous

 Tangerine, cloves, mint and smoke all emerge from the 2011 Chablis Grenouilles. There is lovely depth and focus in the glass, although the Grenouilles comes across as a bit compact relative to most 2011s. This introspective Chablis isn't ready to show all of its cards just yet. Although I expect the Grenouilles to soften a bit in bottle, the style is likely to always remain a bit on the firm side.  (8/2013)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.
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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.