2008 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes


  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Chablis
  • Chablis 1er Cru

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  • Pknut wrote:

    December 13, 2012 - Opened this to compare/contrast with the 2008 L.Michel Butteaux (non-VV) that I opened a few nights prior. This VV has an entry of minerals, acidity and a touch of cream. After some air, the nose is totally neutral, with just a hint of apple fruit. Dry palate, more reticent than the Butteaux, with more dry extract on the finish. After four hours, pure, very pure, very smooth and not showing much cut, very smooth, not bracing, rounded sides, not fat, nicely contained, smooth, more like Puligny than Chablis. Overall, a lot like the Butteaux in its smooth sides, and lack of cut, but somewhat more underlying extract. Is there a significant distinction between the VV and non-VV? Not really. This VV maybe shows more depth in addition to the extract, but I believe, once again, the L. Michel wines are early maturing. I'd drink the Butteaux now, and I don't think this VV presents much evidence for substantially longer cellaring.

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  • Frank Murray III commented:

    12/16/12, 11:54 AM - This was one of the chablis wines that reeled me into the area. Interesting you point out the lack of cut, too. Have you tasted through any of the 2010s yet of LM to any extent? Be curious if these show the same smoothness you mention or they present some cut.

  • Pknut commented:

    12/17/12, 10:13 PM - Frank, no, I have not tasted any of the 2010s, but, like you, I ordered many of them, including Michel's Sechet 1er, which I am looking forward to tasting. Please post your impressions of the '10s when you open them. Happy holidays.

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