2015 Louis Michel Chablis Butteaux VV$29.99
We are continuing to mine and came up with this recent ex-cellar release. We sell a lot of Louis Michel’s Chablis Montee de Tonerre, but arguably this is the better wine. From an old-vine plot planted in 1955 this wine is rocking right now. The richness of the vintage, coupled with the indigenous yeast fermentation, gives this wine incredible complexity and depth. It's quite frankly of grand cru quality this vintage, and with some price negotiations, we can offer it at an unheard of price. We recommend backing up the truck here for deals like this for Chablis won’t be happening moving forward.
Decanter (Tim Atkin MW) 94 pts! “Guillaume Michel’s old vine cuvée comes from a small parcel of 60-year-old vines on claybased soils, and the resulting concentration is apparent in the wine. It’s a little fresher and more mineral than the regular Butteaux bottling with salty, sea breeze aromas, and a long, pithy, grapefruity finish. 2017-23.”
Vinous (Steve Tanzer) 91 pts! Tighter on the nose than the regular Butteaux, conveying a deeper-pitched minerality along with notes of fresh peach and white truffle. Fresh and refined, but also boasts lovely creamy depth and subtle sweetness in the middle palate. A step up in breadth and power from the regular Butteaux, this is a distinctly serious wine with a firm mineral underpinning. The soil here is heavy clay with big rocks (but not much calcaire), which Gicqueau-Michel says normally yields a more rustic style that needs time in bottle. (Drink between 2020-2026)