Louis Michel & Fils Chablis
The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. The winery is situated in the heart of the village, with the 25-hectare vineyard spread over the very first slopes that were discovered by Cistercian monks in the 11th century. Forty years ago, the family decided to stop making the wine in wooden barrels, preferring to create clean, pure and precise Chablis without adding artificial woody tastes. Through this philosophy, combined with the limited yields inspired by organic wine growing techniques, the domaine has developed a worldwide reputation for fine winemaking in stainless steel tanks. Today it’s Jean-Loup Michel and his nephew Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel who uphold the family tradition and further its reputation.
Guillaume Gicqueau-Michel is the sixth-generation representative of a family which has been making wine since 1850. He was recently handed the reins by his uncle Jean-Loup Michel. Their philosophy is to impart as little interference as possible, with the two principal ambitions being to respect the environment and to reflect the terroir in their wines.
These vines are situated in the heart of the historic vineyard. The varying soil dates back to the Kimmeridgian period, with relatively deep clay loam, containing marl and oyster fossils. Quite rich in limestone. 100% Chardonnay with an average vine age of more than 35 years. The wines are vinified via a long fermentation using natural yeast, in temperature-regulated tanks, then undergo spontaneous malolactic fermentation. They are blended in tanks at the end of vinification before being left to mature on fine lees, only in stainless steel tanks, with as little manipulation as possible for at least six to eight months.