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2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Forêts "

SKU #1408159 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis Forêts 1er Cru is powerful and explosive, with a captivating mélange of bright citrus fruit and stony mineral-inflected tones. Citrus peel, white flowers, crushed rocks and white pepper add aromatic explosiveness to this finely sculpted, chiseled Chablis from Louis Michel. In 2017, the Fôrets is a real stand out. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Forêts is one of the highlights of the portfolio, unfurling in the glass with a lovely bouquet of citrus pith, mandarin oil and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and tangy, with racy acids and good concentration—and, I suspect, with more texture to come as it matures on the lees. Today, Guillaume Michel presides over this important 22-hectare estate, which as long been the reference for tank-fermented and matured Chablis, a style that the Michel family did much to popularize in the 1980s. Intense and tensile wines are the calling card here, pure and unadorned by style and consistently high in quality. Indeed, I sometimes think that Louis Michel is the most underrated of Chablis's great domaines. Certainly, prices remain very reasonable. As usual, certain cuvées stand out—at the premier cru level, the old vine Butteaux, the Fourchaume (from Vaulorent) and the Séchet, Montée de Tonnerre having taken a beating in recent vintages—but the overall standard, even for the lower appellations, is regular and high. They come warmly recommended. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 Forêts, which is also from the Left Bank and a bit less affected by frost in this vintage, was showing very well indeed and had a nice touch of reserve to its personality. The nose wafts from the glass in a fine blend of pear, lime, chalky minerality, a touch of beeswax and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and nicely racy out of the blocks, with a fine core, good transparency and a long, youthful and snappy finish. Fine wine in the making here! 2020-2045+. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The limestone here is a guiding influence with fresh lime and green-mango aromas, as well as wet, chalky stones. The palate has a very fresh and composed feel with supple, fleshy fruit and a nicely composed finish. Good depth here. Drink now. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark An ultra-fresh nose offers up an array of citrus, pear, white peach and like the Petit Chablis, plenty of Chablis typicity. There is excellent punch to the sleekly muscled medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the relatively powerful, super-saline and focused finish where the only nit is a touch of warmth. Solid quality. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pure clear light lemon colour, a tense and backward nose, lovely weight from the front of the palate right through to the back, energy and class with some bright fruit notes. Exactly what one hopes for." (01/2019)


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