2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 87
Vinous Media: 87
Burghound: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Offers atypical flavors of lemon, basil and peppery greens. This white stays compact and moderately long. Drink now. 650 cases imported. -BS " (WS)

"The 2015 Chablis Villages, which comes from vines located just to the north of Fye, has a rather reduced bouquet that lacks the freshness and delineation of its peers. The palate is lively on the entry but then it is missing complexity and mineralité, with a rather conservative finish. Give this 12 months in bottle for that reduction to sort itself and don't be afraid for a short decant.

Now owned by Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon continues to produce high quality Chablis from their winery on the banks of the River Serein, next door to Duplessis. The man at the helm here is Olivier Bailly. Their 2015 Chablis Vaillons is an absolute knockout, although to be frank, I was expecting more breeding from their les Blanchots." (WA)

"Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of pear, yellow peach, spices and dusty herbs, plus a hint of banana. Nicely concentrated and distinctly dry, finishing with a note of licorice and some alcoholic warmth. (I enjoyed the candied lemon and lime peel and high-toned ginger aromas of the just-bottled Petit Chablis but found it atypically big for its category and a touch aggressive and alcoholic.)" (VM)

"Here there is better Chablis character and even a hint of mineral reduction to the green apple, citrus and tidal pool-scented nose. There is impressive richness to the solidly intense medium-bodied flavors that offer good salinity on the equally clean and dry finale. This isn't an elegant wine but it's delicious and one that should also be accessible young." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Having established their wine growing operations in 1815, the Billaud family is one of the oldest families of wine growers in Chablis. Samuel Billaud is now the 6th generation to inherit the Chablis spirit. His father Andre and his grandfather Jules, handed down to him their passion and savoir faire for this business.

After spending 20 years growing and making wine at the famliy domain (Domaine Billaud-Simon), in June 2010, Samuel Billaud established his own vinification and sales house. With a mastery of the different types of terroirs in the Chablis region, Samuel has established partnerships with wine growers known for their high quality grapes, picked just at the right time for optimal maturity. Using small volume stainless tanks and 450-600 liter casks, he takes great care to preserve the unique features of Chablis in order to obtain pure and crystalline wines.