Domaine Courtault-Michelet Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2019

2019
Chardonnay
Domaine Courtault-Michelet

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Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.

Our Tasting Impressions

How do you make Michelet's wonderful Chablis even better? Create a cuvée from only the oldest vines and give it a little extra TLC. The result is even deeper and more intense. There is a remarkable yin/yang as it manages to be just as crisp and fresh as the regular cuvée yet fuller and even a little creaminess to the texture. Super Chablis? 

 

About this wine

100% Chardonnay from the famous Kimmeridgien Chablis Terroir. From the Jurassic period, the soil is alternating layers of tightly compacted limestone and chalky marl, rich in marine fossils. The plot near Lignorelles is on a south/southwest facing slope. The selected grapes for this VV are all from vines more than 60 years old.

 

Fermentation is in steel tanks for 8-10 days. Two months after harvest, the juice undergoes malolactic fermentation to balance the acidity and add complexity. Twenty percent of the wine is aged in old oak barrels and the rest in steel tank.  

 

About the grape

Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.

 

About the vintage

2019 marked a return to classically-styled Chablis. Production was down but quality is strong. In general, the wines are accessible early - except for those raised in oak, which will need time to integrate the oak.

 

Suggested Glassware: Grassl Mineralité

Domaine Courtault-Michelet

We were introduced to Stéphanie Courtault-Michelet by Christine Dubreuil. Both are members of the prestigious Femmes et Vins de Bourgogne. Stéphanie’s father, Jean-Claude Courtault established Domaine JC Courtault with just 1.5 hectares in 1987.

 

Stéphanie and her husband Vincent Michelet joined him in 2007 after working at a domaine in Alsace. Through a land grant, they started their own estate but decided to merge with JC. The result is one family jointly operating two estates from one property.

 

Today, they have a combined 11 hectares in Chablis and 16 in Petit Chablis. All of their 1er and Grand Cru wines are from carefully selected, purchased grapes. Vincent manages the vineyards and he and Stephanie make the wines. Their vineyards are in 6 different communes, but mostly Lingorelles and Beines. Vines are up to 35 years old though they recently acquired a plot with 60 year old vines.

 

Since 2012, they have used the DEPHY program - a more natural approach that reduces treatments. Picking is by machine and all bunches are de-stemmed and immediately pressed for optimal freshness.

 

About 120,000 bottles are produced and sold, mostly in Asia, from their new and modern production and tasting facility in Lignorelles. To our memory, this is the only tasting room with a working aquarium.

 

This is a joyful family and that comes across in their wine. Stéphanie is a consummate professional but she always seems to have a big, beautiful smile on her face. One family...two estates and everything we love about Chablis!