- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2018 - 2024
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
Another substantial holding for the estate, with 2.77 hectares across 4 parcels. The richer red soils here have produced a wine with amplified volume. There is a richness and opulence to the fruit, with a delicious length and zippy acidity.
Neal Martin, August 2018,
The 2016 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru has a clean and precise, quite austere bouquet that seems to have more intensity than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, just a subtle touch of reduction, impressive tension and ample weight and concentration on the finish. This is a very fine Mont de Milieu that should offer several years of drinking pleasure.
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Tank sample. Slightly more closed on the nose than the Vaillons. A little more lime/cedar. But then so rich in fruit on the palate, absolutely delicious already. Full of bright citrus without loss of Chablis tension and length. Dink 2020-2026 GV (JH)
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.