The 2016 Forêts from Domaine Michel has turned out beautifully and is an absolute classic in the making. The nose jumps from the glass in a refined blend of apple, pear, spring flowers, a touch of beeswax, complex limestone minerality and a topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very transparent in profile, with a fine core, lovely cut and grip and a very long, elegant and snappy finish. This is as racy as the Montmains, but a step up in terms of refinement and ultimate complexity. High class juice. 2020-2040+. 92+
An interesting if somewhat atypical nose reflects notes of orange peel and melon on the ripe orchard fruit and mineral reduction aromas. The sleek and attractively intense middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality before terminating in a bitter lemon-inflected finish that is notably dry in the context of the 2016 vintage.
The Forêts bursts in the glass with a direct and projected bouquet of lemon, lime and white flowers, and a top note of beeswax. On the palate the wine is fuller-bodied and more ample than the Montmains, with good concentration and stony depth, and a moderately long finish. This should drink very well on release. Drinking Window 2019 - 2027. (WK)
The 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Forêts stands out as one of the highlights of the range in 2016, offering up aromas of white peach, mandarin, Meyer lemon and spring flowers. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, glossy and nicely concentrated, with good cut and tension, concluding with a saline finish. This won't be one of the longest-lived renditions of the Louis Michel Forêts, but it will make for very attractive drinking in the near term. (WK)
Healthy light yellow. Ripe, bright aromas of peach and spices. Nicely concentrated wine with good lift and texture to its stone fruit, spice and saline mineral flavors. Finishes spicy, firm-edged and precise, with a touch of minerality and a late hint of pineapple. (ST)
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