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Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Forets Premier Cru 2018

Product description

The Michel family has been making wines in the heart of Chablis since the 19th century.  A firmly rooted sense of excellence has been passed down from generation to generation. Louis Michel & Fils has always been a family business, and is managed today by Guillaume Michel, who takes great pride in perpetuating the Domaine’s ethos.

Kimmeridgian and Portlandian subsoil, a semi-continental climate and an emblematic grape, Chardonnay:  these are the ingredients that create the magic of the Chablis terroir.

The family vineyard, whose vines are 45 years old on average, is located in the heart of the original Chablis terroir, on the most prestigious parcels within a radius of two kilometres from the winery.  The Domaine’s vineyards cover all four appellations: Chablis Grand Cru, Premier Cru, Chablis and Petit Chablis, offering the whole range of aromas that this unique wine can produce.  The Domaine makes three prestigious Grand Crus – including the legendary Grenouilles – as well as seven Premier Crus.

The 2018 Forets Chablis Premier Cru has notes of undergrowth and fern, mixed with other spicier ripe fruit, cocoa and pepper aromas, suggesting a lively, very mineral and chalky palate, with the famous gunflint taste, sometimes with a suggestion of liquorice notes.

92 Points - Vinous     The 2018 Chablis Forêts 1er Cru is a powerful, dense wine. This is another premier cru in the Louis Michel range that needs time to be at its very best. A burst of yellow orchard fruit, candied lemon, white flowers and crushed rocks hits the palate in a rich yet tightly wound Chablis that will benefit from at least a few years in bottle.  Barrel Sample: 90-92.

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate    Notions of crisp green apple, citrus blossom, peach and beeswax introduce the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Forêts, a medium-bodied, elegantly textural wine with a delicate core of fruit, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. This is an especially perfumed, pretty Forêt from Louis Michel.