B-21 Top Recommendation
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.