Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2015

Nurturing tradition and passionately preserving the terroir of Chablis

This Premier Cru profits from its location on the left bank of the Serein where the sun quickly dries the morning dew from the fruit, minimizing the risk of mould and gently ripening the grapes. The result is a wine with pronounced mineral accents that requires a few years in the cellar to develop its full complexity. The estate’s premier cru Vaillons vineyard encompasses 1.9 hectares on four plots with a total production of about 15,000 bottles. This wine will keep for five to ten years.

About this wine

Region
Burgundy
Sub region
Chablis
Producer
Domaine Louis Michel et Fils
Type
White
Varietals
Chardonnay
Vintage
2015
Wine style
Delicate, Fresh, Fruity, Vibrant, Elegant
When to Drink
Enjoy over the next 5 years
Availability
Available
Case size
12

The nose has toasted hazelnut notes, sweet spices, blond tobacco, and stone dust. A lush wine, round on the palate with a citrus and mineral finish.

Serve between 12˚C and 14˚C with seafood, fish or white meat. Needs to be aerated and maybe even decanted before tasting. It can be beautifully paired with a variety of appetizers as well.

Kimmeridgian. Left Bank of the Serein River. Hard limestone in a clay matrix, moderately deep soil, reddish brown colour

Systematic vineyard ground cover and pruning according to what best suits the parcel. Average age of the vines: 30 years. Grapes are harvested by hand and very quickly brought to cellar

Fermented with wild yeasts. Long fermentation using natural yeasts in temperature-controlled vats. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Aged on fine lees in stainless steel tanks for 12 months minimum

Reviews

"The 2012 Vaillons from Domaine Michel had also just been bottled two weeks ago, but was showing off lovely elegance and nascent complexity in its bouquet of lemon, green apple, a refined base of oyster shell, white flowers and chalky overtones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and delivers excellent mid-palate depth, with superb focus and cut, seamless balance and lovely grip on the long and youthfully complex finish. This will be another absolutely superb premier cru. 2016-2035." 

View of the Cellar, John Gilman - 92+ points

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer - 89 points

Burghound, Allen Meadow - 89-90 points

 

CAD$44.50

CAD$534.00 per case

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Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

"The 2012 Vaillons from Domaine Michel had also just been bottled two weeks ago, but was showing off lovely elegance and nascent complexity in its bouquet of lemon, green apple, a refined base of oyster shell, white flowers and chalky overtones. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and delivers excellent mid-palate depth, with superb focus and cut, seamless balance and lovely grip on the long and youthfully complex finish. This will be another absolutely superb premier cru. 2016-2035." 

View of the Cellar, John Gilman - 92+ points

International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer - 89 points

Burghound, Allen Meadow - 89-90 points

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About the producer

Domaine Louis Michel et Fils

Artisan wine growers and makers of great Chablis since 1850.

Since 1850, the Michel family has been making elegant wines in the Chablis region, some of which are highly sought after by wine connoisseurs. The mostly grand cru and premier cru vineyards stretch over 25 hectares of prime plots on the slopes of Chablis. The vineyards were first cultivated by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. The Michel family made the bold decision to abandon barrel aging more than forty years ago and now produce pure, clean, and crisp Chablis wines without any wood. Because of this approach and their sensible viticultural practices, the estate's wines have become a reference for tank aging.

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About the region

Chablis in Burgundy

Chablis, a mineral terroir that shows another side of Chardonnay

The vineyards of Chablis form a “wine island” of approximately 4,700 hectares surrounded by twenty Burgundian villages where only Chardonnay is grown. The appellation is located 150 km northeast of Dijon in the department of Yonne and has an enviable reputation thanks to its refreshing and long-lived style of white wine. Here, we find dry white wines with purity of flavours and minerals derived from a stony soil of clay and limestone rich in fossilized oysters. As in Champagne, spring frosts threaten the vines, but the challenging climate produces fascinating results.

A good Chablis wine is a pure delight. It has a yellow color with reflections of green, and scents of flint and citrus that, with age, evolve towards brioche, hazelnut, and butter – typical characteristics of the Kimmeridgian soil. In the mouth, there’s a harmonious and balanced combination of acidity and roundness of the body.

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