Forets is a vineyard we typically don't offer from Louis Michel that often; however, that is no mark against it, as it is an excellent addition to the domaines line up. Louis Michel's Forets comes from two parcels grown almost right on the limestone bedrock. With topsoil, only a few centimeters deep, the roots are forced to work down into the rock for nutrients imparting a gorgeous minerality to the juice. The vines here are quite old, planted between 1969 and 1978, producing concentrated flavors and depth. The 2018 Forets is precise and mineral-driven, with a bit more power in this 2018 vintage that brings some nice body and riper fruit to the mix with no loss of balance. Another top Chablis value from Louis Michel that you can't go wrong with and a fun wine for those who want to explore the Louis Michel Range or the different Chablis Crus.
John Gilman 91+ points! "The 2018 Forêts had already been fined in anticipation of its coming bottling in December, but was showing very well. The wine offers up impressive aromatic complexity in its mix of lime, green apple, flinty soil tones, a touch of smokiness, beeswax and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite mineral in personality, with fine depth in the center, lovely cut and grip, bright acids and a long, complex and classy finish. Good juice in the making here."
Vinous (Neil Martin) 91 points! "The 2018 Chablis Forêts 1er Cru was showing a bit of reduction on the nose that occluded the terroir expression. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, touches of orange pith and apricot and hints of red fruit (cherry and strawberry) on the harmonious finish. Lovely."