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2019 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir

2019 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir

94 RP

From the critics:

92 WS

92 VM

91 BH

Featured Review
The 2019 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir wafts from the glass with aromas of green apple, crisp apricot, mandarin, fresh pastry and iodine. Full-bodied, satiny and layered, it's textural and enveloping, with a concentrated core of fruit and a long, perfumed finish. This has turned out brilliantly. Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Robert Parker | 94 RP

Critic Reviews

The 2019 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir wafts from the glass with aromas of green apple, crisp apricot, mandarin, fresh pastry and iodine. Full-bodied, satiny and layered, it’s textural and enveloping, with a concentrated core of fruit and a long, perfumed finish. This has turned out brilliantly.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94 RP
The 2019 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru is well-defined and quite potent on the nose, offering scents of citrus fruit, a pinch of white pepper and hints of chai. The palate is well balanced with a slightly honeyed entry, but like some other Vaudésir from this vintage, it seems to lose steam toward the finish and finishes in simpler fashion than I had hoped. Nevertheless, it should age well in bottle.

Vinous Media | 92 VM
A lean and steely white, with moderate apple and earth flavors and touches of herbs and graphite for grace notes. Puts on some weight midpalate, before converging on the stony finish. Drink now through 2026.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS
A softly exotic nose displays notes of passion fruit, white peach and tidal pool wisps. The super-sleek and beautifully refined middle weight flavors possess a silky texture while exhibiting better depth on the slightly firmer finish. This too needs to develop more depth. (Drink starting 2025)

Burghound | 91 BH

Wine Details for 2019 Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir

Type of Wine Bugundy White
Varietal Chadonnay
Country France : Wine is the lifeblood that courses through the country of France, pulsing with vigorous pride and determination. Viticulture is not just a hobby or an occupation in France; it is a passion, a cherished tradition that has been passed down through generations of wine stained hands. Winemaking is a beloved art that has been ingrained in the culture, an aptitude instilled in sons by fathers and the hallmark for which France’s reputation was built, allowing it to be renowned as, arguably, the most important wine producing country in the world.

For centuries, France has been producing wines of superior quality and in much greater quantity than any other country in the world. It boasts some of the most impressive wine regions, coveted vineyards and prestigious wines on earth. The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Sauternes and Champagne have become the benchmark, for which others aspire to become. Legendary producers such as Chateaux Margaux, Domaine De La Romanee Conti, Chapoutier, d’Yquem and Dom Perignon are idolized world-wide.

France has stamped its name on nearly every style of wine, from the nectar-like sweet Sauternes to hedonistic Chateauneuf Du Papes classic Bordeaux and Burgundy, to its sparkling dominance in Champagne. Many of the most infamous grape varietals in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay originated in France and are not only beloved, but utilized in the creation of some of the greatest wines on earth. French wine production commands the attention of the wine market year after year. With over 860,000 hectares under vine, and numbers close to 50 million hectoliters of wine produced annually, France dominates the market and sets the standard for not only product quality, but also quantity.

France’s many contributions to the world of wine have been absolutely indispensable. The country is the originator of the term “Premier Cru,” coined the term Terroir (a French term so complex there is no literal translation) and has laid the blueprint for a structured appellation system, which others have implemented in their own countries. French vineyard techniques and winemaking practices are mimicked world-wide. California vintners have been replicating Rhone style wines for decades, South America has adopted the French varietal of Malbec and countries around the world are imitating Burgundian styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

With vast diversity in terroir, France is home to some of the most hospitable winegrowing locations on earth. The combination of topography, geology, climate, rainfall and even the amount of sunlight combined with the long historical tradition of winegrowing and making, has allowed the vintners of France to not only hone their skills, but learn from nature to create a product that like the world in which it resides… is very much alive.

Region Burgundy : Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines.

Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.


Producer Domaine Louis Michel & Fils : The appellation of Chablis, in northern Burgundy, has thousands of years of viticultural history, dating back to the time of the ancient romans. When the Cistercian Monks arrived in the 11th century, they cultivated the land with precision and proficiency; the advent of harmonized winemaking in the region. Upon these very slopes, on the right bank of the Serein, where the monks first laid roots, resides Domaine Louis Michel & Fils. The centuries old, family-managed domaine continues to perpetuate the tradition of Chablis winemaking, remaining true to the philosophies of its founding fathers.

Thanks to genealogical pursuits, the winemaking history of the Michel family in Chablis can be traced back to at least 1640. Generation after generation has preserved the antiquity of the region and the tradition of cultivating Chardonnay; the golden fiber which binds the region’s terroir and its inhabitants. With the goal of preserving the authenticity of each terroir and working with very pure and clean wines, the domaine places importance on having aromatically neutral vinification for each wine and its corresponding terroir. No wine has touched oak since 1969, when it was decided that all wines would be vinified in stainless steel tanks.

“It was my grandfather who took the decision,” states Guillaume Michel, who now controls the domaine. To Guillaume, it is a matter of showcasing the elegance and finesse of the Chardonnay grape in its purest form, in a region where it reaches its full zenith. Untethered by artifices and with minimal human intervention, the wines reveal their true nature; a reflection of the terroir in which they were sown. The importance of the work in the vineyards cannot be overstated. Guillaume Michel is a firm believer in the philosophy that if you do a good job in the vineyard, 90 percent of the work is done when the grapes arrive at the winery.

The domaine, of course, lies upon prime real-estate in the heart of Chablis. The appellation’s unique terroir, comprised of a mixture of Kimmeridgian and Portlandian subsoils, combined with marl, limestone and fossilized oysters over 150 million years old, plays an important role because it varies the aromatic complexity of the wines and brings the minerality so typical of Chablis wines. As his grandfather before him, Guillaume has developed the philosophy of terroir-driven wines, striving even further by separating the various sub-appellations when bottling the different crus and by returning to the use of natural yeast. “In a terroir as rich and unique as that of Chablis, it is in the vineyard that the wine is made. At all stages, human intervention must be as discreet as possible in order to allow nature to express itself fully,” insists Guillaume Michel.

The Michel property spans a total of 25 hectares devoted to the darling grape variety, Chardonnay. Fifteen hectares of which are the source for the domaine’s eight Premier Crus, including Forets, Butteaux, Vaillons and Vaulorent, each having their own character. Six hectares of Chablis (Villages) demonstrate the signature of the Chablis terroir expressing its full typicity; finesse, freshness and minerality. Two hectares lay in Petit Chablis, where the wines develop fresh and lively personalities. The domaine’s finest gems, the Grand Crus of Les Clos, Grenouilles and Vaudesir benefit from the greatest growing conditions located only on the right bank of the Serein. These Grand Crus exemplify terroir-driven Chablis in all its glory. Some of the greatest white wines in Burgundy hail from Domaine Louis Michel & Fils. It has become synonymous with un-oaked Chablis and is touted as one of the finest domaines in the region.

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