- Domaine Billaud-Simon
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Goedhuis, November 2018
The 65 year old vines of this wonderful grand cru site often produce the finest wine in the Billaud-Simon cellar, and 2017 is no exception. This has a long and intense power to its compact and tense fruit, with a sharp line of acidity that slices through the weight of the wine. Distinguished and delicious.
Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
The 2017 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru bristles with energy and tension. Reticent and shut down, the 2017 is in no mood to show all of its cards just yet; even so, the silky, polished and nuanced texture that is such a Preuses signature is very much in evidence. Crushed flowers, mint, green apple, spice and crushed rocks infuse the beautifully delineated, crystalline finish. This is such a gorgeous and promising wine. Drink 2022-2037
Burghound, October 2018,
Strong reduction and sulfur makes for a very difficult nose today. By contrast there is lovely purity to the refined and caressing medium weight flavors that possess the best complexity in the range along with excellent length on the well-balanced finale. This is very Preuses in style which is to say an exercise in harmony and elegance. Sweet spot. Drink: 2025+
Wine Advocate, August 2018,
At this early stage, the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is one of the highlights of the range. The wine unwinds in the glass with notes of tart apple, lime zest and oyster shell, followed by a full-bodied, textural and tangy but ripe palate, with good depth and tension at the core, concluding with a stony finish. Like the other wines in the cellar, it's still early days to be making definitive pronouncements about its ultimate quality, but all the stars certainly seem to be aligned.
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.