- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2022 - 2028
- Case size
- Available Later
Goedhuis, November 2020
A very aromatic and harmonious style, scented with oranges, lemons and a touch of honeysuckle. A richly flavoursome wine full of summer fruits. Whilst there is a hint of limestone gunflint, the main character is more on breadth and richness. This is very composed and comfortable in its own skin. Lovely length and quite delicious.
Burghound, November 2020,
This too is reduced though again, it seems clear that the underlying fruit is notably ripe. The lavishly rich medium-bodied flavors possess evident power and good minerality that becomes more apparent as the bitter lemon-inflected finish sits on the palate. This lingering and moderately firm effort also displays a touch of warmth but not so much as to materially impair the balance. 2027+
Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
Broader, seemingly riper and ever so slightly exotic by comparison to the more angular Les Vaillons, this is a relaxed and charming wine with a forward-drinking feel. Attractive and smooth, this precocity is beguiling and it means that you may well miss the finish which is sneakily loaded with cleansing acidity. A great balance between sexiness and tension, this is a superb wine. Drink 2022-2028
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
4 plots on the Chablis side, but all the way up the slope. Olivier notes that yields are always low from what he describes as ‘tired old, soil’. This is a clean and powerful version that has kept to classic lines without undue exoticism, but the wood adds a little toast to the finish. 14% alcohol, but with low pH and, so fresh acidity saves the day. 3 stars.
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.