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ProducerDomaine Louis Michel (web)
AppellationChablis 1er Cru
UPC Code(s)3491631000328

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2035 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 22 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Pknut on 6/9/2015: Another good showing. At first, my impression is that this is more toned down than in the past, not as effusive and energetic as I remember, although still very good. Clear palate, no oak, very nice. This firms up and becomes more "classic" on the second night, when it shows really good structure and underlying tension. Quite enjoyable. (545 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 5/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Monthly Tasting Group: Brunello's (Rinata, Mpls): Light gold color. this was given an hour of air prior. Drank 1 glass over 90 minutes. AS always, a fine example of Chablis, I can't really say whether the air made a positive difference, but it didn't hurt it either. See previous notes for details, very consistent wine. 91+ to 92pts. (642 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 5/13/2015: Very giving in its array of flavors: unsweet pineapple, grapefruit, even a hint of tangerine after this had been open for a while. The palate is wide open with plenty of clear fruits and lots of energy. A bit looser than my first bottle last summer, but still plenty of energy and vigor. Drink now to mid term. (584 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: A Tour Through France Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes plus. The nose is citrus, lemon, steely, sea breezes, and saline. The palate follows with citrus, tart lemon drops, lychee, more subtle tangerine, and a nice crispness to the minerally finish. 91+pts. (782 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Very much enjoyed this Chablis! Loved the tangerine notes and overall typacity. (938 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 8/31/2014: My first bottle of this wine from my stash. Liz immediately loves it, saying that it "tastes like a peach-lemon dessert". I don't get any peach (thankfully - I don't want peach in my Chablis), but there is plenty of lemon, lemon ice, clear fruit with a golden sun-baked edge to it, very nice acids and a long, lip smacking finish. Lots of energy here. A winner. Like most Louis Michel Chablis, I would drink this young to mid term to capture its youthful energy. In New City, Labor Day BBQ with the family. (956 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 7/5/2014: Just past a year since my previous bottle in 2013. The one y/day tasted pretty similar to that one, with honeyed lemon, nice medium weight and some distinct grapefruit this time. Continues to drink well. (1141 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 6/30/2014 & rated 90 points: Worldwide Whites (Edina Country Club, MN): Not as impressed as others with this wine. It lack complexity and paled in comparison to the Fevre. Mineral, too much spice and grapefruit. A bitter finish. Hold and hope it improves. (988 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 6/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Worldwide Whites (Edina, MN): Light gold color. PNP, drank 2 glasses over 2+ hours. Loved the nose, even better than the '08 Fevre Bougros. The nose has bright fruit, crystalline minerality, very florals, pungent. The palate offers up an abundance of citrus fruits, grapefruit, citrus zest, kiwi, linear, saline minerality, very tart, with the acid becoming a bit sharp as it came to room temp. 91+ to 92 pts. (874 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 4/12/2014: Probably served little too cold at first. Nice light yellow color, richer and more dense than I expected. Some golden apple, pear, and a crystalline hard yellow lemon candy at first. As this opened and warmed, the wine seemed to become lighter in feel and showed more lime and citrus, especially on the finish. Ann thought it was more grapefruit like. There is some nice saline and marine like notes, but not necessarily oyster shell or earthy mineral that I enjoy. There is good acidity and I enjoyed it on this warm (finally) spring night. I wish I bought more when I had the chance. (733 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 2/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Lots of minerals, a little golden fruit makes this nice. (748 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 2/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Mostly French (& A Few More) Offline at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. Nose is very bright with citrus, orange, flinty minerals, pear, developing some earth tones later. The palate is fresh and nimble, melon, citrus, apple, saline minerality, long and well balanced. As with so many 2010's, this is splendid. 92+ to 93pts. (739 views)
 Tasted by flyinburrito on 8/30/2013: Pale, clear light yellow with the slightest green tinge. Absolutely no mistaking the incredibly pure high toned salty and lemon mineral inflected chablis nose. Rich and round with bright lemon flavors that firm up with beautiful briny acidity on the finish. Awesome. (676 views)
 Tasted by Charlie Pendejo on 8/8/2013: Finished this several days ago. As another comment observes, this was currently more about juicy citrus fruit (Meyer lemon, orange) than Kimmeridgian oyster shell. The moderate enjoyment I might have otherwise taken in this was diminished by the strong feeling that this stuff will be *far* more interesting and compelling some years down the road. I think I'm with Gilman once again, who says drink 2017-2045. Hold. (And I'm glad to be holding five of these.) (665 views)
 Tasted by CO CHRIS on 4/22/2013: 13%...nose is all salinity, crazy minerality...palate is ridiculous lemons, zip, minerality - underlying lushness. UNWOODED. (852 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 4/2/2013: Similar showing to the February bottle, and this affirms my previous note. Lemon peel, fennel, honeyed edges and good saline/mineral quality in the finish. Drinks well now and very enjoyable. (968 views)
 Tasted by iByron on 2/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Clear gold in the glass. Nose is very subtle yielding (when it does yield) stony pear with a saline overtone. Good medium-firm acidity on the palate. Dried pear and a mouthful of stones with a lengthy lychee and pear peel finish. Opens up after a trip through the Vinturi enhancing the above aromas and flavors. Very nice wine with a fair amount of time left. But quite satisfying now. (1267 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 2/23/2013: Opened about a 1/2 hour ago, dropped into the freezer to put some chill on it. Aromatics seem a little shy, but there is some faint marine notes here and lemon, but again subtle. The palate shows sea shell, orchard fruit--yellow apple, nectarine--then in the finish is where the citrus pith comes in, along with a saline/mineral water quality and some bright acid. $30 for these.....while I often wonder if I'd simply put the Michel dollars aside and pool them for a few Dauvissat or Raveneau, I seem to end up buying Michel yet again and enjoying the pleasure of having more of his cuvees, versus a couple single bottles of really GC chablis. (1366 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/14/2012: Some Weekend Burgundy; 12/14/2012-12/15/2012 (Dig Wines and San Francisco Wine Trading Company): Pale. Classic Chablis aromas of seashell and orange peel. The bright citrus fruit rather than minerality dominates the palate. Excellent volume and flesh for the site, and overall, terrific balance. Unexpectedly fine and well worth buying. (1428 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 10/8/2012: My first 2010 Sechet, as I bought a handful of these recently, along with the MdT and Les Clos. I really like Michel, as I don't have to whince when I pay for the wines, as they remain in my view an excellent value. Plus, they don't see any oak so they present a transparency that isn't cloaked up with toasy, marshmallow, vanilla bean and all that other barrel noise. Opened last night.....drinks plumper than the 08 Michel Vaudesir which I poured next to it. I saw the Burghound note on this, and I would agree with the white peach, although there is enough acid, what he calls citrus, again I think a fine descriptor, to keep the wine with some cut. Then a nice spicy note, like a fresh, zippy green apple in the finish, along with minerality and anise. There is a shaing of opulence in the wine too, in the finish, some honey but it's suprpassed by the spicy acidity that carries this wine. Another really nice Michel chablis, for $30 and half of that for Dauvissat Forest and the other undrinkable CA chardonnay heroes. (993 views)
 Tasted by KevinS on 8/24/2012: Drinking absolutely beautifully. Very light gold color, with a reticent nose of citrus peel (not surprising since this shipment just arrived today). Palate is more lime than lemon, with lots of minerality and salinity coming through on the very long finish. Lovely stuff... (831 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 8/24/2012 & rated 92 points: I echo KevinS - this was a pleasing wine, ready to go now, and shows beautiful Chablis quality. (993 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2012, Issue #48
(Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Séchets" 1er 1er Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Chablis 2011 and 2010 (Aug 2012)
(Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Sechets White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2012, IWC Issue #163
(Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Sechets) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/12/2012)
(Dom Louis Michel, Sécher Premier Cru Chablis White) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2011, Issue #36, The 2010 Burgundy Vintage: Low Yields Deliver Profound Elegance
(Chablis “Séchet”- Domaine Louis Michel et Fils) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Allen Meadows
Burghound, October 2011, Issue #44
(Domaine Louis Michel Chablis "Séchets" 1er 1er Cru White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Chablis 2009 and 2010 (Aug 2011)
(Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Sechets) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Sechets) Subscribe to see review text.
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Domaine Louis Michel

Producer website

Source: VinConnect (VinConnect.com)
The Michel family have been cultivating the Chablis terroir for 6 generations, since 1850.

The Domaine Louis Michel winery is situated right in the heart of the village of Chablis, with the 25-hectare vineyard spread over the very first slopes that were cultivated by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. More than 40 years ago, the family was one of the first to stop making wine in wooden barrels, preferring to create clean, pure and precise Chablis, respecting the typicity of each terroir, without any woody tastes.

Through this philosophy, combined with the limited yields inspired by organic wine-growing techniques, Domaine Louis Michel has developed a worldwide reputation for fine wine-making in stainless steel tanks. Today, the Domaine is managed by Jean-Loup and his nephew, Guillaume Michel.

“Our goal is to produce authentic Chablis that respect the environment and are the best expression of the terroir. We let the wine make itself, as far as possible.” – Guillaume Michel


Chardonnay on Appellation America


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Burgundy Report |
Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker


Chablis (Fédération de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis) | Chablis (Burgundy Wines)

Jon Rimmerman: "2014 is a return to the titillating terroir punch that is only delivered in the 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that dot the slopes and hillsides of Chablis. The 2014 wines in most of Chablis are so reflective and elegantly mineral-drenched that its hard not to glug them straight away (Beaujolais had a mostly similar result in 2014 after 2012/2013 examples that were largely disappointing).

In Chablis, 2014 is the finest vintage since 2010 and it is somewhat of a hybrid of 2004/2007 and 2010. The stone, citrus and limestone amalgam is exactly what we search for in Chablis as the style harkens to a day in the Cote de Beaune proper (1960's - 1980's) when wine was not meant to be consumed the week it was released, battonage was not used by all and new oak was rarely seen.

As more and more in Burgundy are trying to curtail the thickness in their wines (from heavy new wood/malo/stirring) in favor of more transparent and lithe structures (with equal levels of fascinating material and intrigue), it can be said that the material itself must stand the test of time, not the textural impression left by the winemaker. That does not mean all texture is lost - quite the opposite - but the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker'."

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