2017 Louis Michel Butteaux 1er Cru (750ml)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

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I've been a fan of Louis Michel for as long as I can remember... especially the 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru and of course the Grand Cru Le Clos. Last year I attended a dinner/tasting where all the wines were served blind in a private room at Bern's Steak House, with whites and reds on the table, vintages spanning several decades, numerous regions and various countries represented. When I sampled one of the whites, I was certain that the wine was a well-aged Grand Cru from Chablis, easily a top producer's Le Clos. Once unveiled, everyone in the room was pleasantly surprised. The wine was a 1983 Louis Michel Monte de Tonnerre. In vintage 2017 the outlier is the seldom shown, small production, old vine Butteaux 1er Cru. I secured a decent parcel which represents the best value in the 2017 Louis Michel stable with serious Kimmeridgian terroir. These soils dating from the Jurassic period are loaded with sea life sediments which impart the telltale gunflint mineral component and acidity that is typical of great Chablis. You can't miss it in this Butteaux!


A wine of tremendous appeal, the 2017 Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru is fleshy and inviting from the very first taste. All the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. Lemon confit, chamomile, dried flowers, mint and almond all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's creaminess that is most alluring today.

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2020)

The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux is showing very well, offering up lovely aromas of waxy lemon rind, beeswax, ripe apples and oyster shell. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, with chewy dry extract, ripe acids and a long, nicely defined finish. This is one 2017 that nods to the 2015 vintage in structure and scale, but it's nicely balanced and will reward some bottle age.

92 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

This has peach and some very fresh, sweet lemon aromas here. The palate is round and concentrated with some attractive, gentle grip. This has great shape and depth and is already looking very approachable. Drink over the next five years.

92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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