2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Butteaux Vieilles Vignes" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118436 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Michel’s 2010 Chablis Butteaux Vieilles Vignes boasts serious depth. In 2010, the Vieilles Vignes is rich, powerful and seductive. Honey, almonds and succulent peaches wrap around the palate as this deeply resonant, textured wine shows off its class and pedigree. Endless layers of fruit continue to build through to the finish. This is a dazzling effort. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 60+ year old vines) *Outstanding* This was sufficiently reduced that it was difficult to read aromatically yet the underlying fruit seemed ripe with good Chablis character. The broad-shouldered flavors are slightly richer, denser and more intense than those of the regular cuvée and also offer an incremental amount of complexity on the very dry, focused and balanced finish. I admire the persistence as well as the old vine sap which serves to mostly, if not completely, buffer the mild backend austerity. This should be excellent in time as there is just more here.  (9/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Deep aromas of apricot and butter. Chewy and sweet in the mouth; more tactile than the regular Butteaux bottling if not particularly complex yet. But this very young wine features nicely integrated acidity and finishes chewy and long, with a saline complexity and noteworthy grip. The vines here are up to 75 years old  (7/ 2012)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.