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2018 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir"

SKU #1503419 93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru is a powerful, dense wine imbued with deep earthy and soil-inflected notes that confer a sense of gravitas. That perception is amplified on the palate, where the wine is deep and muscular in feel. Readers should expect an introverted, brooding Chablis built on power. There is so much sheer concentration and richness here, but this wine needs time. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The domaine has two parcels of Vaudésir, both of which face north and are correspondingly cool. Picked late for a top 2018 because of its terroir, this is an elegant, focused white that's unadorned by oak, showing stony, citrus-fresh, chalky flavours and a classic mineral tang. An unusual expression of the Grand Cru. (TA) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark As I noted in the introduction, the grand crus chez Michel are all in the 13.5 percent range and were a bit more behind in their evolutions in the cellar at the time of my visit. The Vaudésir offers up lovely aromatic promise in its blend of pear, apple, a hint of tangerine, anise, chalky soil tones, straw and a floral topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a touch riper and more tropical in personality than the Montée de Tonnerre, with good mineral undertow, bright acids and a long, vibrant and youthfully complex finish. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Exhibiting aromas of fresh peach, Asian pears, apple blossom and orange oil, the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir is medium to full-bodied, satiny and charming, with an ample core of lively, perfumed fruit, succulent acids and a beautifully defined finish. This is an immensely expressive, giving Vaudésir. (WK) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark There is a background touch of the exotic suffusing the ripe yet cool and pure white and yellow orchard fruit aromas that are laced with notes of various citrus elements and mineral reduction. The palate impression of energetic and almost delicate flavors is rich but wonderfully refined, all wrapped in delicious and impressively long finish where a hint of bitter lemon appears. This isn't especially dense but it appears to have the necessary stuff to reward a decade of cellaring. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

92-96 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Pure clear colour. The nose is brilliantly succulent, very heady, but still in balance. White fruit, floral notes, quite dense from the start yet balanced across the palate, some smoky notes, good enough acidity, waves of flavour, the typical limestone white fruit of Vaudésir. They are located on the north-facing slope which helps. All you want at the finish, while clearly a warm vintage wine." 93 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru has a very appealing bouquet of lemon verbena, chai tea and crushed stone aromas, becoming increasingly floral with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and a slightly waxy texture. Lemon zest, orange peel and touches of spice and walnut appear toward the finish. Superb." (9/2020)


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