2018 Louis Michel Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru (750ml)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

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.


The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre is clean and precise on the nose, perhaps more in the vein of a traditional Chablis than, say, the Butteaux. The palate is fresh and lively with crisp acidity, impressive tension and a twist of sour lemon toward the finish that keeps this Chablis alert and alive. Excellent.

93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Sep 2020)

The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is another success this year, delivering inviting aromas of citrus zest, crisp green apple, white flowers and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, with good depth and tension, it's one of the more tightly wound, structured wines in the cellar.

92+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)

A touch of reduction gives a welcome whiff of farmyard before pear juiciness takes over. That same generous, fresh fruitiness gets full rein on the palate of this wine. A midpalate texture of white citrus pith and chalk sets a counterpoint and lends structure. The finish is long and dry.

92 points, Anne Krebiehl, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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