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

SKU #1408157 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru is gorgeous. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2017 possesses striking aromatic intensity and nuance. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, white pepper and chamomile add layers of nuance to a super-refined Chablis that conveys energy and finesse - the two key signatures of this great premier cru site. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has such intense wet-chalky aromas with lemon curd and white nectarines. The nose is quite tightly wound for now. The palate has a smooth, sleek and very dense feel. Compact, with great weight and refined power. Plenty of potential here. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark 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 though in much the same fashion as the Vaulorent, one that needs to develop better depth. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (10/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is showing well from bottle, unwinding in the glass with a youthfully reserved nose of lemon oil and oyster shell, with only hints of the apple and tangerine it displayed from tank, and which I suspect will define the wine at maturity. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly glossy and incisive, with a classical profile despite the unprecedentedly small crop and a mouthwateringly saline finish. While it isn't quite as electric as the best vintages from this site, the wine is impressive and reveals plenty of upside. (WK) 90+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

91-95 points 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) 92 points Neal Martin - Vinous: "The 2017 Chablis Montée de Tonerre 1er Cru has a well-defined nose of pressed yellow flowers and touches of orange blossom and shucked oyster shell. The zesty palate is very harmonious, displaying fine poise and precision and offering orange peel and plenty of spice toward the persistent, saline finish. Excellent." (07/2021)


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