2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"

SKU #1235769 94 points Vinous

 Almonds, dried flowers, pears and spices open up in the 2013 Chablis Vaudesir, a wine built on pure verticality and structure. The Vaudesir is deep, rich and resonant to the core, with exotic floral and spice overtones that add a measure of finesse to what is otherwise a pretty powerful wine.  (8/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A spicy, fresh and notably cool nose features aromas of iodine, white and yellow fruit and a distinct floral element. There is outstanding volume and fine intensity to the solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess slightly less overall complexity on the dry, persistent and harmonious finish. This may very well develop more depth than my score presently envisions and if so it will be overly conservative.  (10/2014)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Hints of white truffle and nettle along with intimations of fresh grapefruit and white peach in the nose of Michels’ 2012 Chablis Vaudesir – tasted from tank – introduce a luscious and expansive yet zesty and refreshingly juicy palate featuring, unsurprisingly, riper fruit character than found in the corresponding range of premier crus, but finishing with slightly less verve, clarity, or mineral diversity than did the best of those. This might well gain significantly with time in bottle, but I would tentatively plan to savor it by 2022. (DS)  (8/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Explosive, ripe, slightly exotic aromas of mandarin orange, lemon, apple, flowers and nuts. Rich, round and sweet on entry, with saline minerality providing lovely lift to the fresh, deep citrus and floral flavors. Dense and tactile but not at all heavy, tightening up toward the back and finishing dry and classic. The note of nuttiness carries through in the mouth.  (7/2014)

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- 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, Mâcon, 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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- 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.