En Primeur | Domaine Billaud-Simon 2019

Six years on from the domaine’s purchase by one of the greatest names of the Côte d’Or, Domaine Faiveley, and their installation of new winemaker and manager, Savigny-Lès-Beaune-born Olivier Bailly, Billaud Simon is carving a new niche for itself as one of the finest domaines in the village of Chablis. Olivier, as one would expect for a former second row rugby player, is an imposing figure, but the description “gentle giant” could not be more apt. His approach is calm and thoughtful, and the investment at the domaine has been similar: carefully thought out, subtle tweaks here and there, mild adjustments in vinification and élevage, to improve and enhance a given vineyard or wine. This has raised the bar to another level from the already heady heights set by his predecessors, Bernard and Samuel Billaud.

Summing up their 2019s Olivier’s description is simple: “Sun-drenched grapes for a rich and well-balanced vintage! Fresh, rich and beautifully ripe wines. They disclose good concentration yet without any loss of acidity on the palate. Excellent cellaring potential.” An impeccable range this year from the village Chablis all the way through to their brilliant Grands Crus.

Please note: due to high demand, online purchases of 2019 Burgundies are limited to 1 case of each wine. For more information please contact your account manager or wine@goedhuis.com

Vintage  

Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Chablis Billaud-Simon

6x75cl 10+ £80.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Shimmering lime green colour, attractive citrus fruit aromas, with a touch of Seville orange. A very charming easy style, graceful and accessible with a bright zest of purity on the finish. A fine example of unoaked Chablis. Drink

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 89

    Here there is better Chablis character on the more white fruit-inflected aromas of sea breeze and iodine. The succulent, round and delicious medium weight flavors possess a beguiling texture as well as notably better depth and persistence. Note that this well-made effort could easily be enjoyed young. Drink 2023+

  • DC

    Decanter, October 2020,
    Score: 92

    Billaud-Simon, under the guidance of Olivier Bailly, is a highly consistent producer of classic Chablis. Cool and crisp, there is concentration here allied to vibrant acidity on the palate. A benchmark Chablis which combines a more modern fruit character with the structure of wines from the past. Great length and lots of finesse here. Drink 2021-2027

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 17

    Extremely expressive already, the nose is perfectly pure and resonant and the palate is relaxed, soothing and clean. The acidity is tense but not intrusive, acting as a full stop after the sleek flavour. Perfectly balanced, this is a delightful village wine. 17/20 (on release – 2023)

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 88

    In bottle. This blend of domaine and purchased fruit has been made predominantly in stainless steel, There is a touch of sulphur reduction, which only enhances the crustacean effect. Ripe, but well short of any overt peachinesss, a very classic wine, which will please. 4 stars.

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2019

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Billaud-Simon

6x75cl 10+ £130.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This fine Premier Cru sitting south west of the town of Chablis always produces a very perfumed and floral style of wine. This is a classical example in every way. The bright citrus flavours focus on lemon sorbet and lime, giving way to a touch of aromatic jasmine and chamomile. The long mineral steely finish gives a feeling of quality and class. Lovely.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 90-92

    There is even classic Chablis character suffusing the white peach, pear and pretty floral nuances. The racy, intense and solidly mineral-driven medium weight flavors culminate in a saline and lemony finish that displays a mild touch of austerity. Drink 2026+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 17.5

    With a chalky, citrus attack, this is a firm wine with a mineral edge which brings a dramatic sourness to the flavour. Edgy and lean there is a raspy note here which makes the mouth water. The fruit is mountain-stream-fresh and there is a coolness which is extremely enticing. Drink 2022-2027

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    From six plots well distributed across Vaillons. For example, they pick the 75 year old vines in Séchets a week before those in Mélinots at the far end of the valley. Notably pale in colour, very reductive, suggestive of fresh mint on the stones. Almost dainty within the context of the vintage, yet with good grip at the back. 4 stars.

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2019

Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Billaud-Simon

6x75cl 10+ £145.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    A very aromatic and harmonious style, scented with oranges, lemons and a touch of honeysuckle. A richly flavoursome wine full of summer fruits. Whilst there is a hint of limestone gunflint, the main character is more on breadth and richness. This is very composed and comfortable in its own skin. Lovely length and quite delicious.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    This too is reduced though again, it seems clear that the underlying fruit is notably ripe. The lavishly rich medium-bodied flavors possess evident power and good minerality that becomes more apparent as the bitter lemon-inflected finish sits on the palate. This lingering and moderately firm effort also displays a touch of warmth but not so much as to materially impair the balance. 2027+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 18

    Broader, seemingly riper and ever so slightly exotic by comparison to the more angular Les Vaillons, this is a relaxed and charming wine with a forward-drinking feel. Attractive and smooth, this precocity is beguiling and it means that you may well miss the finish which is sneakily loaded with cleansing acidity. A great balance between sexiness and tension, this is a superb wine. Drink 2022-2028

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    4 plots on the Chablis side, but all the way up the slope. Olivier notes that yields are always low from what he describes as ‘tired old, soil’. This is a clean and powerful version that has kept to classic lines without undue exoticism, but the wood adds a little toast to the finish. 14% alcohol, but with low pH and, so fresh acidity saves the day. 3 stars.

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2019

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Billaud-Simon

6x75cl 5 £295.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Initially the most reserved of the Billaud-Simon line up of wines, but that is to be expected for this is a wine with broader shoulders and real muscle. It isn’t designed to show all its colours young, but there is so much to it. Very controlled scent of jasmine and gardenia. It has a structured mineral drive, and is layered, full and hugely intense. Top class with enormous ageing potential.

  • BURG

    Burghound, November 2020,
    Score: 90-93

    Subtle but not invisible wood surrounds the softly exotic aromas of both white and yellow orchard that flash solid Chablis character in the form of iodine and oyster shell. The sleek, sophisticated and attractively vibrant middle weight flavors possess good volume and while the finish isn't quite as precise, I like the balance of the tightly coiled finish. Drink 2027+

  • DC

    Decanter, October 2020,
    Score: 92

    Vaudésir is a 15ha site, notable for a high percentage of clay, and a double exposure with some vines facing north, others south. There are plenty of honeyed, zesty citrus fruits in this example with good concentration and bright acidity. Not my absolute favourite Grand Cru but there is still plenty of precision here. Will undoubtedly improve with further maturation in bottle. Drink 2022-2030

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
    Score: 18.5

    Chablis, Grand Cru Vaudésir, Billaud-Simon Looking suitably Grand, this is a more statuesque creation with obvious flair and a little more opulence than Valmur and this makes it a cut above if only because the fruit and impact are more obvious. The mid-palate is sleek and bright and this is the key to this wine’s success. If this were fatter or heavier it would not have the momentum and bounce required on the palate. But because this is such a toned creature its cadence is enlivening. Not a massively long-lived wine but a very rewarding one, this is the top cuvée for B-S in 2019. Drink 2024-2032

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
    Score: 92-95

    From three plots, vinified in tank and then racked into wood. Olivier found it a bit austere, so wanted to fatten it out and add complexity. Iodine notes starting to be teased out on the nose. This is an excellent expression of the vineyard bolstered by the ripeness of the vintage, but still entirely within limits. Very long pure white fruit aftertaste. 4 stars.

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