- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2021 - 2024
- Case size
- Available Later
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
Burghound, November 2020,
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+
Decanter, October 2020,
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
Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
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)
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
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.
Bernard Billaud sold his estate to the Cote d’Or’s largest landowner, Maison Faiveley, in 2014 and it is heartening to see this famous Nuits St Georges house both maintaining and driving the quality ideals of this great Chablis estate ever further forward. This substantial domaine of 17 hectares comprises exceptional vineyard sites including four premiers crus and four grands crus. Mature vineyards and minimal use of oak produce crisp and driven wines which are delicious in youth and fabulous with some age. The individual terroirs always shine through.
Chablis is world famous for its fine white wines produced from the Chardonnay grape. The best vineyards are perched above the winding Serein river and are south or southwest facing ensuring better ripeness in this cooler climate. It has four appellation levels. Petit Chablis is the most modest and simple followed by Chablis, which is the largest and most prominent. Premier cru Chablis is the third largest appellation and encompasses almost 40 different climats or vineyards including the famed Montée de Tonnerre, Fourchaumes and Mont de Milieu. The most noble of all Chablis are the grand crus of which there are 7 climats in total Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. The wines of Chablis have remained some of the best value in the world, particularly their superb grand crus which can easily cost 50% less than its closest revered white grand cru neighbour, Corton Charlemagne.