2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1235762 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose is reduced and exhibiting enough SO2 to warrant decanting the wine if you're going to try a bottle young. Otherwise there is superb intensity and striking minerality to the rounded big-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration before terminating in a bitter lemon and youthfully austere finish. I like the persistence and if this can add more depth than my score envisions I could be overly conservative.  (10/2014)

91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fresh apple, lime, white peach and fennel along with intimations of chalk on the nose of the Michel 2012 Chablis Les Clos – tasted from tank – reconvene on a firm yet glycerol- and lees-enriched palate, any sense of overt fruitiness suggested in the nose being subdued, but a rivulet of fresh citrus lending refreshment, and cyanic piquancy of apple pip and peach kernel serving for counterpoint in an imposingly long and vibrant finish. This ought to gain nuance in bottle and prove worth following through at least 2022. (DS)  (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright pale yellow. Flinty minerality and earth on the nose, with a hint of citrus zest in the deep background. Dense and rich but unforthcoming and austere, with stony mineral and oyster shell flavors complicated by a sea breeze salinity. Quite backward today (these grand crus were bottled two months before my early-June visit), finishing with a lemony nuance, a suggestion of youthful bitterness and a late hint of almond. This will need extended bottle aging.  (7/2014)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos is showing effects of its recent bottling just two months ago. Still there is more than enough density, volume and texture to make me think it will develop beautifully over the next handful of years and beyond. My sense is that the 2012 is holding back quite a bit in reserve. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for all of that potential to be released.  (7/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Cedary citrus. Woody (not oaky) on the palate. Firm, dry, relatively soft, though there's freshness on the finish and a nice creamy aftertaste.  (1/2014)

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