2019 Stephanie et Vincent Michelet Petit Chablis

With its ripe nectarine and grapefruit sparks, this is Petit Chablis, but with a little something extra. Bright young couple Stephanie and Vincent Michelet skillfully balance the fleshy and fresh, with beautiful mineral precision.

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Unlike most Petit Chablis, this is no light and flinty affair. Extra time on the lees here, gives generous texture to ripe white nectarine and pithy grapefruit sparks.

Golden grapes come from young vines across three organically farmed parcels on soils of famous Chablis chalk.

Making good on a tidy vineyard inheritance from her father Jean-Claude, Stephanie and husband Vincent balance the fleshy and fresh, with beautiful mineral precision.

100% Chardonnay from organically farmed young vines. Planted on deeper Portlandian limestone soils, these come from vineyard sites on the plateau from the areas of Bienes, Maligny and Frye.

Both fermentation and malolactic takes place in stainless steel tank with ageing on the fine lees for 6-8 months.

Light filtration and bottling in the spring, typically much later than most other producers of Petit Chablis.

91 Points - "Organic credentials and a solid roster of vineyards give life to this indie Chablis producer.

Come hither whiffs of ripe lemon/lime, light creme brulee, apple and honeydew melon. Soft, broad but fresh in the palate, ripe honeydew melon, blanched almond. Cucumber and tonic characters too. A lot going on. Refreshing and bright despite the weight and ‘gras’. Lovely." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

90 Points - The Michelet estate is located in Montigny-la-Resle and the ammonite (fossilised oyster shell) on the label gives a pretty clear direction as to the style of this fine Petit Chablis. Crisp and pure on the palate." - Andy Howard MW (Decanter Magazine)

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