September 2, 2019 - I thought I'd finished my stash and ran across this clearing out the nooks of my crawl space. Opened with trepidation, this was a great bottle. The wine had lost most of its weight and showed as a super-refined, light, almost ethereal expression of Chablis tang and tingle. Really a wonderful experience. Don't know if I have the nerve to age Michel's bottles this long on purpose, but I'm inspired to hold out longer on some of my MdT stock.
June 3, 2016 - Not bad but not good: non-descript. Either shut down or over the hill. Because it's a Louis Michel, I root for the latter, but this bottle was my last, so I'll have to rely on others' notes from here out.
January 18, 2016 - This wine was deliciously fat young, went through a lean, miserly period, and is now very fine, combining delicacy of mineral picquancy with firm acid structure and sumptuous fruit, and continuing to develop well for a couple of days after opening. Open one now, if you have a few. What a good source!
April 21, 2015 - A lovely bottle of Chablis, perhaps a wee bit fat for my preference from this region, or perhaps just too young. Good mineral slime, stoney flavors, good body and texture. Turns eating into dining. Lacks the ultra-taught, bone dry elegance present in my favorite Chablis bottles. Drink or hold.
October 25, 2014 - This bottle was in a very nice place, plump and cosseting in texture, but with fine Chablis 1er swamp water and minerality so persistent it almost tastes sweet. I wonder if, with additional time, the texture will relax, revealing even more character - but it's so good now that no remorse attends opening one at this stage.
September 18, 2014 - Wow, this is showing really well right now. Stephen points out the pineapple notes immediately after uncorking. To me, the pineapple is unsweetened and non-tropical, and there is a big white citrus component as well, along with chalk and slate notes. Lots of energy and acidity, and the palate is very dry, with a very long finish. Bottle 6 of 6 and this one was excellent. Lunch at JoJo with Stephen V.
August 27, 2014 - Did not mean to open the VV, but so what? Nice clear palate, solid orchard fruit, citrus, grapefruit, hints of rock salt, good energy, long finish. But not significantly better than the non-VV Butteaux. The VV impressed me early after release, but as the two wines have aged, they are both impressive and I don't discern that the VV is especially better.
July 17, 2014 - Have 2 left, yet have waited about 2 years since the last one. Opened and poured right to the glasses. Tangerine/orange rind bitter note, lots of lemon, great depth. Green apple and tropical in the finish and some light slate. With more air, the lemon and apple really come forward and this wine is showing a lot of great acidity and verve. No signs of fading, as this has progressed well and is beautiful. Got one left, will drink in 2-3 years down the road.
April 3, 2014 - Another great showing, and well received at the table. Terrific Chablis that is at peak. Palate is clean, showing notes of grapefruit pith and fennel, atop a palate of clear fruit, citrus and wool notes. Rounder sides that last time, softer than the chiseled profile in the past. Returning to this wine after a couple of hours, the acidity was much more pronounced. Lovely wine.
I brought this to Maialino for GdP's Barale Barolo vertical.
December 21, 2013 - Another fantastic bottle. So lovely, with great energy and character. Under-ripe pineapple, hint of salt, good clarity, no oak, solid pulpy material at the core. I am dubious of "VV" designations, but every bottle of the 2008 Butteaux VV that I have had has been a completely different, and superior, wine to the non-VV. In this case, it's not just marketing. Brought from my cellar to Grand Cayman and enjoyed on the terrace, over two nights.