- 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)
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.