2016 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1396754 95 points Decanter

 This is a wine of power, energy and breadth, made from 3ha of vines in this fine right bank site just south of the grands crus. Like Michel’s village Chablis it’s still an infant, but you can sense its density and power quietly building like water behind a dam. Elemental, brooding notes reminiscent of plant sap and ground stone lurk in that resonant, aromatic inarticulacy, yet its mute force succeeds in seeming concentrated, close-grained and sheer in the mouth. (AJ)  (6/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Montée de Tonnerre from Domaine Michel was one of the last premier crus to be bottled in the autumn and the wine was still a bit reserved post-bottling. Nevertheless, its ultimate quality is very easy to read, as the wine delivers a fine bouquet of lemon, pear, tart orange, complex, chalky minerality, white flowers and a touch of anise in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and very minerally, with a fine core, excellent cut and grip and superb backend mineral drive on the very long and snappy finish. Excellent Montée de Tonnerre! (Drink between 2021-2050) 93+  (12/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A very impressive and quite classical nose with grapefruit, lime peel, nectarine and dried flowers with a stony edge. The palate’s very neatly forged with a wealth of ripe white peaches. A very succulent, long and complete shape.  (8/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also distinctly floral in character with its cool and softly exotic aromas of white peach, citrus, pear, apple and seaweed wisps. The textured, seductive and concentrated middle weight flavors are also quite sophisticated with notably better depth on the balanced and relatively powerful finale. *Outstanding*  (10/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre offers up aromas of lemon oil, lime zest and honeycomb, framed by a subtle touch of reduction. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and glossy, with more cut and tension than the Vaulorent, without quite matching the liveliness and energy of the Séchet. (WK)  (8/2018)

90-92 points Vinous

 Light-medium yellow. A step up in aromatic complexity from the rest of the Louis Michel premier crus, but with its shy fruit element currently overshadowed by smoky oyster-shell minerality. Similarly, the wine's stone and citrus fruit flavors are dominated in the early going by rich, saline, rocky minerality. This structured wine finishes precise, shapely, firm and long. Excellent potential here, but this will need cellaring. (ST)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

92 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Mid straw, ripe fruit on the nose, which swells very nicely across the palate, without losing sight of the limestone backbone. Medium plus length, with a crystalline intensity at the back." (01/2019)

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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.