2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118437 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Simply put, the 2010 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is pure class. Gorgeous detail and pure nuance are the hallmarks. White peaches, lime, slate and crushed rocks emerge from the glass, but here, too, it is the wine’s textural finesse that impresses above all else. A long, polished finish rounds things out beautifully. The Montee de Tonnerre is utterly impeccable from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/ 2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* (from a huge 4.5 ha parcel located in Chapelot). Here the components of the nose are similar to those of the Fourchaume yet here it is notably more floral. There is impressive complexity to the dense, rich and concentrated flavors that offer plenty of oyster shell and iodine hints on the balanced and stunningly persistent bone dry finish. This is really lovely juice and well worth your attention.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Captivating, slightly high-toned nose combines papaya, orange blossom and oyster shell minerality. Sweet, round and smooth, but with enticing orange-y acidity and serious underlying structure giving the mid-palate superb energy. Finishes very long and tactile but youthfully tight. Gicqueau-Michel says he'd give this ten years in the cellar.  (6/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Very pure nose. Racy and wonderful polished texture. Yet with quite a bit tucked in for the future.  (1/ 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.