Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2020  Front Label
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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2020

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Exhibiting the most mineral nose so far, with straw, wet stones and pine tree aromas. On the palate, a combination of rum butter and lemon; a little less fat than the other premier cru wines, more stony, mineraly and earthy with a bit of stone-ground wheat on the finish. 

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JM 93
Jasper Morris

Light lemon colour with an attractively stony nose. This is not much more than medium bodied but none the worse for that, with a pleasing intensity behind. Very clear and charming, with excellent length. 

Barrel Sample 91-93

BH 93
Pretty floral-infused aromas include those of saltwater brine, citrus and iodine where the latter can also be found on the sleek, intense and precise middle weight flavors that pack good punch that continues on the lingering, dry and balanced finale. This isn't as dense or powerful as the old vines Butteaux but it's definitely finer.
Barrel Sample: 90-93
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Offering up aromas of crisp orchard fruit, clear honey, citrus blossom and freshly baked bread, the 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons is medium to full-bodied, ample and charming, with a satiny attack, bright acids and a saline finish.

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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils, France
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The Michel family has been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. In the mid-20th century, the family stopped making wine in wooden barrels in favor of stainless steel tanks to create clean, pure, and precise Chablis without adding artificial woody flavors. Through this philosophy, combined with limited yields inspired by organic wine-growing techniques, the Domaine has developed a worldwide reputation for fine winemaking in stainless steel tanks. A firmly-rooted sense of excellence is passed down from generation to generation. Louis Michel & Fils has always been a family business and is managed today by Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel."

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The source of the most racy, light and tactile, yet uniquely complex Chardonnay, Chablis, while considered part of Burgundy, actually reaches far past the most northern stretch of the Côte d’Or proper. Its vineyards cover hillsides surrounding the small village of Chablis about 100 miles north of Dijon, making it actually closer to Champagne than to Burgundy. Champagne and Chablis have a unique soil type in common called Kimmeridgian, which isn’t found anywhere else in the world except southern England. A 180 million year-old geologic formation of decomposed clay and limestone, containing tiny fossilized oyster shells, spans from the Dorset village of Kimmeridge in southern England all the way down through Champagne, and to the soils of Chablis. This soil type produces wines full of structure, austerity, minerality, salinity and finesse.

Chablis Grands Crus vineyards are all located at ideal elevations and exposition on the acclaimed Kimmeridgian soil, an ancient clay-limestone soil that lends intensity and finesse to its wines. The vineyards outside of Grands Crus are Premiers Crus, and outlying from those is Petit Chablis. Chablis Grand Cru, as well as most Premier Cru Chablis, can age for many years.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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