Olivier Bailly has reduced the oak treatment here to almost nothing. In 2016 he has made a wine that accentuates the naturally floral character of Vaudésir. It has terrific poise between peachy white stone fruit and salinity, with a long, graceful finish.
The 2016 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru sees 15 to 18 months in stainless steel. It has a vivid bouquet with fresh lime, green apple and flint aromas that burst from the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, fresh and vibrant with admirable precision and mineral drive on the finish. This is a very well crafted Vaudésir.
Discreet nose. Masses of substance and acidity. Not nearly ready but finely etched. Encouragingly persistent. Drink 2025-2040
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.