Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).
Louis Michel Chablis 1er cru Montee de Tonnerre 2015 - January 2018 Decanter review
The Michel family have been making wines in the heart of Chablis since the 19th century. A firmly rooted sense of excellence is passed down from generation to generation. Louis Michel & Fils has always been a family business and is managed today by Guillaume Michel, who takes great pride inperpetuating the Domaine’s ethos. The vineyards of the Domaine are concentrated on the first slopes to be farmed by Cistercian monks during the 11th century.
Located on the right bank of the Serein, alongside the Grand Crus, Montée de Tonnerre is certainly the most prestigious and sought-after of the Chablis Premier Crus. The soil is at once deep, fertile and well drained. The well ventilated and south-west facing vines enjoy plenty of sunshine and produce a wine with sun-kissed aromas. This is the ultimate expression of a successful partnership between soil and climate: powerful wines that are both complex and balanced. And it is sometimes said that Montée de Tonnerre should be the eighth Grand Cru!
This wine undergoes a long fermentation using indigenous yeasts, in temperature-controlled vats. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur. The wine is matured for 12 to 16 months in stainless steel tanks, with the least possible handling. This is followed by a long and moderately cold stabilisation. Fining using bentonite is undertaken only if necessary. The wine is gently filtered once before bottling.
Food matches for this wine include shellfish, raw fish, charcuterie, canapes or roasted river fish. It is marvellous as a glass by itself too.