2016 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Butteaux" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1347021 94 points John Gilman

 As the Butteaux Vieilles Vignes bottling had not yet been bottled, the precision of the vintage of 2016 was very much on display in this and the following example of Séchet. It augurs very, very well for the premier crus that had already been bottled and were in the midst of their recovery. This wine is pure, very precise and vibrant on the nose, delivering a marvelous mix of green apple, lime, pear, crystalline minerality, a touch of licorice and a pungent topnote of lime blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent, with a superb core, great focus and grip and a long, racy and very minerally finish. Great juice. 2020-2050.  (12/2017)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough sulfur present to render the nose difficult to assess. Otherwise there is even more volume to the sappy, dense and powerful medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract on the driving and slightly more structured finish. This will need at least a few years of cellar time first though the abundant dry extract should permit it to be approached on the younger side too.  (11/2017)

92 points Decanter

 The Vieilles Vignes bottling is superb, its similar nose of citrus, blossom and apple complemented by crushed oyster shell and mandarin on the upper register. The palate is full-bodied, glossy and concentrated, with almost chewy extract and a long, serious and lightly grippy finish. This cuvée is usually a winning proposition for quality and value, and 2016 is no exception.Drinking Window 2019 - 2027. (WK)  (10/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 (these vines are now 63 years old but produced an "almost classic" yield of 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to Gicqueau-Michel): Full medium yellow. Intriguing smoky minerality complements yellow peach on the nose. A fat, sweet premier cru with a rather refined texture and noteworthy chewy depth. Distinctly smoother and longer than the first Butteaux, this wine should offer relatively early appeal.(ST)  (8/2017)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.