2011 Chablis Butteaux Domaine Louis Michel



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£188.00

Average critic rating : 89.0 points

89

89

Here the mineral reduction component isn't quite as pronounced as it shares center stage with the fresh floral, green fruit and citrus aromas. There is good power to the generous and fleshy full-bodied flavors that possess excellent size and weight before ending in a tension-filled, clean, dry and solidly persistent finish that delivers moderate depth. Tasted: Oct 15, 2013. Drink: 2016+

88-90

88-90

The 2011 Chablis Butteaux, on the other hand, is all about power. This is a decidedly big, broad-shouldered wine with plenty of depth and sheer fruit, but at the same time the rough, angular contours are impossible to escape. Though not exactly a model of finesse, the Butteaux has considerable stuffing. Apricots, dried herbs and nectarines are layered into a big finish that shows the influence of this clay-rich terroir. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. ||(Not yet released)||Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel describes 2011 as a synthesis of 2009 and 2010, with the fleshiness of the former and the tension of the latter. Yields came in around historical averages, as opposed to 2010, which was down 20% across the board. The 2011s were born with considerable flesh, and were therefore spent less time on their lees than normal, with the exception of the grand crus. I tasted all of the 2011s from tank. Michel planned to bottle his 2011 premier crus in October 2012 and the grand crus the following spring. By comparison the 2010s saw extremely long fermentations, partly because of the estate’s reliance on natural yeasts. Like all growers in Chablis in this vintage, Michel described the vintage as significantly influenced by a complicated flowering that lowered yields and produced a high incidence of shatter and shot grapes. The 2010 grand crus were bottled in mid-April 2012. I was surprised by how well the wines are drinking today. eRobertParker.com.August, 2012

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