- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2017 - 2023
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Goedhuis, November 2015
A star Grand Cru in the Billaud-Simon line-up, with lovely honeyed and Jersey cream aromas. In the mouth this is a broad rounded style, with a hint of clementine fruit sweetness preceding the drive of minerality and freshness on the finish. Full and classy.
Burghound, October 2016,
A discreet but not invisible application of wood sets off the ultra-fresh, ripe and airy aromas of pear, rose petal and green fruit along with plenty of Chablis elements along with a whiff of the exotic. There is a bit more volume on the palate compared to the Preuses with ample power and punch that continues onto the detailed, mineral-driven and explosively long finish. Simply put, wow. Drink 2024+
Burghound, October 2015,
A discreet but not invisible application of wood sets off the ultra-fresh, ripe and airy aromas of pear, rose petal and green fruit along with plenty of Chablis elements. There is a bit more volume on the palate compared to the Preuses with ample power and punch that continues onto the detailed, mineral-driven and explosively long finish. At present the overall complexity isn't quite as prominent but the underlying material is such that this may change with time in bottle. Don't miss! Drink 2022+ (barrel sample)
Stephen Tanzer, August 2015,
Pale yellow-green. Refined aromas of nectarine, lemon ice and brown spices, plus a note of dusty minerality. Tactile, seamless and deep; a cooler style of Vaudésir thanks to its gripping mineral-driven acidity but silky and sweet too and easy to taste today. This should make a beautiful bottle.
The Billaud-Simon name is long-established in Chablis, dating back to 1815 when Charles-Louis-Noël Billaud purchased his first vineyards. The estate remained in family ownership for 200 years until Erwan Faiveley purchased Billaud-Simon for Joseph Faiveley in 2015. This represents a new era for the Faiveley family, one of the Côte d’Or’s most significant vineyard owners, now investing their expertise and commitment to producing great wines in the Yonne and Chablis with approximately 18 hectares of exceptional vineyard holdings including four premiers crus and four grands crus. Under the guidance of Wine Director Olivier Bailly, they remain respectful to the traditions of the estate and continue to sell the wines under the Billaud-Simon name. The style is graceful and pure. Olivier seeks to make wines with true appellational authenticity. Oak is kept to minimal levels, only used judiciously, allowing the natural fruit content to express itself to a maximum.
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.