2015 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1301018 91-93 points Vinous

 Subtly complex aromas of peach, earth and high-toned spices. Very silky on entry, then densely packed and closed in the middle, showing less minerality than I normally expect from a young Clos. Gicqueau-Michel says this was the ripest of the estate's three grand crus in 2015 but this wine will need time to move past its phenolic roughness. Finishes powerful and long, but I would not describe this wine as classic Clos.  (7/2016)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive, pure and notably ripe nose of pear, apple and citrus is cut with hints of sea breeze and iodine. There is excellent richness to the juicy and generously proportioned big-bodied flavors that still retain reasonably good cut and punch on the lemony, stony and slightly warm finish. Like several wines in the range this isn’t presently particularly complex but more will almost surely develop in time.  (10/2017)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.