2017 Louis Michel Vaudesir Grand Cru (750ml)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

2017 Louis Michel Vaudesir Grand Cru
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Louis Michel's Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel bottles some of my favorite Chablis from the most important sites within the region. He is the sixth generation now in charge of this family estate – who records its history in these Kimmeridgian hillsides to 1850 – proudly adhering to the family philosophy of "less is more." Five decades ago, unhappy with the ageability of their wines, the family abandoned the use of wood for vinification and aging. Discarding every barrel in their cellars, converting to 100% steel for fermenting and aging, the family made a bold move, certain it would result in more terroir evident, precise, long lived wines. Their experiment paid huge dividends, as these are unquestionably the most site specific wines being bottled in Chablis for the money. Moreover, they age astonishingly well, Premier Crus mimicking Grand Crus as they mature. I recall a recent blind tasting where a 1983 Michel 1er Cru was as fresh as a 2014 and tasted like a Le Clos Grand Cru. Most impressive.


This parcel is on the north-facing section of the valley and is a truly stunning wine in 2017. Such fine and fresh, white-peach and lemon-curd aromas with a gently spicy edge. The palate has such purity and weight and beautifully composed and pristine, fleshy fruit, in the white-nectarine spectrum. Exceptional wine. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Aug 2019)

The 2017 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru is soft, open and quite inviting. This is an especially open-knit, silky grand cru that will drink well essentially upon release. There is lovely palate weight and density, as well as quite a bit more richness that will develop over time - but it would not be a crime to open a bottle young. Dried flowers, orchard fruit and spice come together in this harmonious, approachable Chablis.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jan 2020)

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