Domaine Louis Michel has one guiding principle: in a terroir as rich and unique as Chablis, the wines are made in the vineyard. At every stage, human intervention is kept to the strictest minimum, so that nature can express itself fully. As a pioneer and now a leader on the subject, Louis Michel & Fils made the bold decision to vinify its wines only in stainless steel tanks: this neutral material does not have any effect on the natural qualities of thechardonnay grapes. This approach is certainly apparent in the Louis Michel & Fils style: their wines exude finesse, purity and freshness.
In the Domaine’s two parcels, the bedrock is located just a few centimetres underfoot, and helps to bring an appealing minerality to the wine. The large number of the pebbles in the soil means that it offers excellent drainage. The southern vineyards bring warmer aromas to the wine, which evolve into ripe fruit aromas.
No added yeast is used in the making of this wine - it undergoes a long fermentation using onlyindigenous yeasts, in temperature-controlled vats. This is followed by a spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine is then matured for 12 to 16 months in stainless steel tanks, with the least possible handling. There is a long and moderately cold stabilisation. The wine only undergoes fining using bentonite if it is deemed to be necessary. The wine is gently filtered once before bottling.
This wine will be at its best when aired or carafed before tasting. There are notes of undergrowth and fern, mixed with other spicier ripe fruit, cocoa and pepper aromas, suggesting a lively, very mineral and chalky palate, with the famous gunflint taste, sometimes with a suggestion of liquorice notes.