- Domaine Billaud-Simon
- 2021 - 2024
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, November 2020
Shimmering lime green colour, attractive citrus fruit aromas, with a touch of Seville orange. A very charming easy style, graceful and accessible with a bright zest of purity on the finish. A fine example of unoaked Chablis. Drink
Burghound, November 2020,
Here there is better Chablis character on the more white fruit-inflected aromas of sea breeze and iodine. The succulent, round and delicious medium weight flavors possess a beguiling texture as well as notably better depth and persistence. Note that this well-made effort could easily be enjoyed young. Drink 2023+
Decanter, October 2020,
Billaud-Simon, under the guidance of Olivier Bailly, is a highly consistent producer of classic Chablis. Cool and crisp, there is concentration here allied to vibrant acidity on the palate. A benchmark Chablis which combines a more modern fruit character with the structure of wines from the past. Great length and lots of finesse here. Drink 2021-2027
Matthew Jukes, November 2020,
Extremely expressive already, the nose is perfectly pure and resonant and the palate is relaxed, soothing and clean. The acidity is tense but not intrusive, acting as a full stop after the sleek flavour. Perfectly balanced, this is a delightful village wine. 17/20 (on release – 2023)
Jasper Morris MW, December 2020,
In bottle. This blend of domaine and purchased fruit has been made predominantly in stainless steel, There is a touch of sulphur reduction, which only enhances the crustacean effect. Ripe, but well short of any overt peachinesss, a very classic wine, which will please. 4 stars.
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.