2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Grenouilles"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An exceptionally fresh nose is classic Chablis in character with notes of oyster shell, ocean breeze, green fruit and floral scents. There is fine intensity and excellent concentration to the punchy and well-detailed broad-shouldered flavors that display very good power on the lingering finish. While there is a taut muscularity present, this is essentially a wine of finesse that should reward 7 to 9 years of cellar time.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Captivating aromas of peach, lemon, lime and flowers strike me as more Cote de Beaune than Chablis in style. Densely packed, rich and fine-grained, with good citrus cut lifting the intense stone fruit and citrus flavors. Finishes dense and very long, in need of several years of bottle aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Among those wines tasted in tank from its collection that displays amplitude and density at the expense of some clarity, Michel’s 2012 Chablis Grenouilles features chalk-infused apple and winter pear, a slick of glycerol underscoring their ripeness, while piquancy of pip serves for counterpoint in a sustained finish. I suspect that it will be best enjoyed on the young side, probably by 2018. (DS)
The 2012 Chablis Grenouilles opens with an attractive burst of fruit, but then loses much of its persistence on the mid-palate and finish. Mirabelle plums, red-toned fruit, almonds and sweet flowers are some of the nuances that emerge over time. The Grenouilles is a bit less polished compared to the other wines in the range.