Always a staple for Chablis and typically our best-selling Chablis in any given year, this has been our top seller of the vintage, and we were able to source a few more cases at this special pre-arrival pricing. Such an incredible wine for the money. Louis Michel has a knack for making the best values in Chablis, and 2019 is a beautiful vintage for the Montee de Tonnerre, concentrated and complex with fantastic acidity. It's one of the highest recommended buys for Chablis in 2019, especially at this low pricing and even better with slightly more age since the initial release.
Louis Michel's Montee de Tonnerre is the gem of the domaine's production and one of the sources of the highest quality values in the region. Louis Michel's portion of the vineyard was planted in 1974, giving the wine an old vine concentration and slightly richer profile, which is the perfect balance between Chablis's often lighter and high-acid style. 2019 has some of the power of the '18s but with higher acidity and a touch more classic. Louis Michel's Montee de Tonnerre is one of the best price-quality buys for this very sought-after cru and is a client and personal favorite Cuvee from this address.
Jasper Morris MW (Inside Burgundy) 92-94 points! "From the Chapelots sector. Pale colour, but a peachy sunshine nose. There is, some almost aggressive limestone scratching the enamel on my teeth. Amazing tension, yet the fruit is still ripe. Very small crop here, which may explain the enormous concentration. Retasted after the grands crus I can see the harmony better. I may be underestimating this."
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92+ points! "The 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre opens in the glass with notes of pear, green apple, wet stones, iodine and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, it's taut and concentrated, with bright acids and a long, saline finish. It's derived from holdings in Chapelot."
Allen Meadows 90-93 points! "An airy, expressive and beautifully layered nose speaks of smoky citrus, white flowers, iodine and shellfish. The round, seductive and vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess a succulent yet sophisticated mid-palate texture while delivering fine length on the clean, moderately dry and sneaky long finish. This too will need to add depth over time, but it has the underlying material with which to do so if allowed the chance."