Premier Cru, but closer to Grand Cru quality. Sourced from a very old parcel on white clay and Kimmeridgian limestone, and kept separate from the rest of the vineyard’s harvest. Slightly riper and more intense than the Butteaux, always one of the best Premier Cru values to be found.
“The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes has turned out very well, offering up aromas of green apple, pear and peach mingled with hints of smoke, dried white flowers and paraffin wax. Medium to full-bodied, textural and layered, it’s one of the deeper, more concentrated premiers crus in the cellar this year. As usual, it numbers among the highlights of the Louis Michel portfolio.” – 93 points, Wine Advocate (07/20)
“The 2018 old vine bottling of Butteaux is just a whisper riper than the regular cuvée, coming in at thirteen percent octane, but more structured, deeper and asking for a bit of time alone in the cellar to fully blossom. The youthful nose delivers a fine constellation of green apple, pear, flinty soil tones, smoke and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a very good structural chassis, impressive backend minerality and a very long, pure and nascently complex finish. This will be simply outstanding in the fullness of time, but will need some bottle age to really blossom.” 94 points, John Gilman (12/2019)
“The 2018 Chablis Butteaux Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru emerges from a parcel of 65-year-old vines on compact white clay. A wine of power and gravitas, the Vieilles Vignes possesses off-the-charts textural intensity and pure power. Apricot, candied orange peel, spice and honey add to the wine’s decidedly exotic feel. I wouldn’t dream of touching a bottle any time soon. The 2018 is a special wine in the making.” 92-94 points, Vinous – Anthony Galloni (1/2020)