2018 Louis Michel Sechets 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.


Mingling notes of pear and citrus oil with hints of honeycomb and white flowers, the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Séchets is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, with fine depth at the core, racy acids and a long, mineral finish. This has turned out very well once again.

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

The 2018 Chablis Séchets 1er Cru is a little more austere on the nose of green apple, pear and light honeysuckle aromas, probably still deserving 2–3 years in the cellar. The palate is very well balanced with a slightly honeyed opening, a fine bead of acidity and hints of white peach and stem ginger and rhubarb toward the cohesive finish. It lacks some persistency on the aftertaste, but otherwise this is a fine Séchets.

92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Sep 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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