- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2018 - 2023
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
The estate has lots of small parcels scattered across this premier cru that make up an impressive 3 hectares in total, and give a quintessential expression of this wonderful left bank vineyard. Vaillons has a high proportion of white clay in its soils and its wines are often distinguished by their delicate floral notes. This 2016 is bright and fleshy, with a subtle spice from 10% oak barrel fermentation that judiciously frames the peachy fruit.
Neal Martin, August 2018,
The 2016 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a focused, quite lively bouquet with chalk dust mixed with green apple and a touch of spice. The palate is well balanced with a smooth entry, faint hints of tropical fruit percolating through – passion fruit and dried pineapple, the finish nicely rounded if just missing the tension that a cooler growing season might have bestowed.
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Light and lively on the nose with some green fruit. Good and racy and really quite delicate. Should satisfy over a long period. Drink 2019-2030
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.