2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Séchets"

SKU #1433928 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It will be hard to choose between the formidable Butteaux Vieilles Vignes and the similarly compelling 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Séchets, a brilliant wine that unfurls to reveal notions of lemon zest, lime, wet stones, crushed shells and mandarin. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, exceptionally deep and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, chalky structuring extract and a ripe but tangy, mineral finish. (WK) 94+  (8/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 The nose here is very finely detailed with wet chalk, limes and white peaches, bending towards more minerally nuances. The palate has a sleek and impressively detailed feel with some very plush and compressed white peaches and lemons on the palate. Drink over the next six years.  (8/2019)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Séchet is also very good, but it is a bit more forward in personality than the last couple of premier crus here and will be the one to reach for first. The nose wafts from the glass in a lovely mix of lemon, pear, wet stone minerality, white flowers and a touch of straw in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely succulent on the attack, with a good core, bright acids and lovely length and grip on the complex and already quite delicious finish. This will not be the longest-lived premier cru in the Michel stables this year, but the wine is quite complete and will provide plenty of pleasure over the coming decades. 2018- 2040.  (1/2019)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again there is ample Chablis character present on the aromas of oyster shell, mineral reduction, citrus rind and a whiff of quinine. The racy, intense and stony flavors are succulent, even juicy while exhibiting good balance on the clean and dry finish that doesn't quite have the same depth and persistence. In sum, this is certainly very pretty but not particularly deep.  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "Lemon and lime, a little more fruit on the nose than the Vaillons, this is beautifully balanced on the palate with several layers of fruit, including some light yellow notes, before finishing gracefully on the limestone. Not too dry." (01/2019)

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- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.