2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1408157 93 points John Gilman

 With the very low yields here in Montée de Tonnerre, I was expecting this wine to be a bit dense and further behind in its development than the other premier crus in the cellar, but this was not the case and the 2017 version here at Domaine Michel is going to be very, very good. The bouquet is pure and classic, offering up scents of apple, lime, chalky minerality, dried flowers and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, poised and racy in personality, with a fine core of fruit, excellent backend mineral drive and a long, nascently complex and zesty finish. This is very, very good this year. 2022-2050.  (1/2019)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An overtly floral nose flashes notes of iodine, freshly sliced white-fleshed fruit and an interesting hint of tangerine peel. There is both excellent volume and vibrancy to the solidly powerful and focused flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the beautifully long, complex and well-balanced finale. Classy juice that is well-worth your attention.  (10/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The product of the smallest crop harvested from this site in fully 48 years, the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre exhibits aromas of peaches, apples and tangerine. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, glossy and saline, but it lacks the energy that's customary from this site—and which characterizes the best of Michel's 2017s, for that matter. (WK)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

91-95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale lemon and lime, this is actually not ultra-exotic, tamed by the frost perhaps, but the thread of high quality fruit remains with quite some intensity. The finish is pure kimmeridgian marine minerality." (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.