2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Grenouilles"

SKU #1235759 96 points John Gilman

 The 2012 Grenouilles from Domaine Michel may well be the finest example of this grand cru I have ever tasted from the estate. The bouquet is very deep and still very primary, offering up scents of lemon, pink grapefruit, apple, again, very flinty minerality, white flowers and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully structured, with a more reserved personality than the Vaudésir, a rock solid core, brisk acids and outstanding length and grip on the very, very long and transparent finish. (Drink between 2020-2050)  (12/2013)

92 points 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.  (10/2014)

92 points 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. (ST)  (7/2014)

90 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (8/2014)

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