2016 Domaine Louis Michel 1er Cru Chablis "Forets"

SKU #1347024 92 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Forêts from Domaine Michel has turned out beautifully and is an absolute classic in the making. The nose jumps from the glass in a refined blend of apple, pear, spring flowers, a touch of beeswax, complex limestone minerality and a topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very transparent in profile, with a fine core, lovely cut and grip and a very long, elegant and snappy finish. This is as racy as the Montmains, but a step up in terms of refinement and ultimate complexity. High class juice. 2020-2040+. 92+  (11/2017)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An interesting if somewhat atypical nose reflects notes of orange peel and melon on the ripe orchard fruit and mineral reduction aromas. The sleek and attractively intense middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality before terminating in a bitter lemon-inflected finish that is notably dry in the context of the 2016 vintage.  (10/2017)

91 points Decanter

 The Forêts bursts in the glass with a direct and projected bouquet of lemon, lime and white flowers, and a top note of beeswax. On the palate the wine is fuller-bodied and more ample than the Montmains, with good concentration and stony depth, and a moderately long finish. This should drink very well on release. Drinking Window 2019 - 2027. (WK)  (8/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Forêts stands out as one of the highlights of the range in 2016, offering up aromas of white peach, mandarin, Meyer lemon and spring flowers. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, glossy and nicely concentrated, with good cut and tension, concluding with a saline finish. This won't be one of the longest-lived renditions of the Louis Michel Forêts, but it will make for very attractive drinking in the near term. (WK)  (8/2018)

88-91 points Vinous

 Healthy light yellow. Ripe, bright aromas of peach and spices. Nicely concentrated wine with good lift and texture to its stone fruit, spice and saline mineral flavors. Finishes spicy, firm-edged and precise, with a touch of minerality and a late hint of pineapple. (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.