Jean-Loup Michel makes some of the cleanest, freshest wines in Chablis. In the great oak-versus-stainless-steel debate, the Michels are firmly in the latter camp. They make nine wines, mainly from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, and not one goes anywhere near an oak barrel. The wines are fermented at 18-20°c, using dry yeasts, and have fresh, crisp fruit when young.
The best wines ( les Clos, Montmains, Montée deTonnerre) will age for up to eight years. Michel’s bottling amply reflect their vineyard origins and are a premium example of Chardonnay in its purest, unadorned form