2011 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Grenouilles"
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+.
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.
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.
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.