2018 Louis Michel Grenouilles Grand Cru (750ml)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

2018 Louis Michel Grenouilles Grand Cru
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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.


Wafting from the glass with aromas of yellow orchard fruit, peach, white flowers and honeycomb, the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles is medium to full-bodied, textural and enveloping, with a deep and voluminous core of fruit, ripe but racy acids and a long, mineral finish.

93 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

The 2018 Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru has a complex nose with scents of crushed stone, Chinese white tea and light pressed white flower aromas. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, one of the most powerful and intense 2018 Chablis that I have tasted, delivering layers of lightly honeyed fruit laced with spice toward the finish. What it lacks in nervosité, it compensates with sheer hubris!

93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Sep 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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