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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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...