"Amazing tension, yet the fruit is still ripe " - Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
"Outstanding" - Allen Meadows, Burghound
We recently received a bit more of Louis Michel's thrilling Montee de Tonnerre. This is a fantastic example of what Chablis should be and this is a great opportunity to secure a few bottles from the outstanding 2019 vintage.
White Burgundy is one of our favorite wines and the purest expression of Chardonnay comes from the great, cool climate appellation of Chablis. This delicious, mouth-watering style offers such transparency and transmits the racy minerality in a way that no other can.
Over the past several years, the wines of Louis Michel have become a staff and customer favorite. They offer everything you could want, exhibiting signature characteristics of Chardonnay from this region. These are the perfect wines to pair with oysters, shellfish, seafood or poultry or to refresh on its own.
We were able make a special purchase of the excellent Montee de Tonnerre vineyard and can offer it at a fantastic price!
Jasper Morris tasted this wine from barrel and awarded it a score of 92-94 Points noting the "amazing tension" with "enormous concentration."
William Kelley of the Wine Advocate gave this wine a score of 92 Points describing it as "satiny and layered, it's taut and concentrated, with bright acids and a long, saline finish."
The Michel family has been making wines in the heart of Chablis since the 19th century and the domaine is now overseen by Guillaume Michel. Louis Michel & Fils were among the first to vinify its wines only in stainless steel tanks. This approach highlights the purity of the Chardonnay with these wines exuding finesse, purity and freshness.
Montée de Tonnerre is located on the right bank of the Serein River alongside the Grand Crus. It is regarded as the most prestigious and sought-after of the Chablis Premier Crus. The famous chalky Kimmeridgian soils are deep and well drained. The south-west facing vines enjoy plenty of sunshine and produce a wine with sun-kissed aromas. This is the ultimate expression of a successful partnership between soil and climate resulting in powerful wines that are complex and balanced.
If you already tried the wines from Louis Michel, you know how good these wines are. Here is an opportunity to explore Premier Cru Chablis from a master. Grab it while you can. When it's gone, it's gone!
JASPER MORRIS-INSIDE BURGUNDY 92-94 POINTS - "From the Chapelots sector. Pale colour, but a peachy sunshine nose. There is some almost aggressive limestone scratching the enamel on my teeth. Amazing tension, yet the fruit is still ripe. Very small crop here, which may explain the enormous concentration. Retasted after the grands crus I can see the harmony better. I may be underestimating this."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre opens in the glass with notes of pear, green apple, wet stones, iodine and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, it's taut and concentrated, with bright acids and a long, saline finish."