2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Burghound: 88-91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes has a crisp and taut bouquet with a lovely sea spray note that gains intensity with aeration. The palate is balanced with a slight nuttiness on the entry, good depth and a fine bead of acidity. It is not as complex as the outstanding 2016 that is coming over the horizon but there is very good length on the finish. Fine, if nothing to write home to mother about (unless she really loves Chablis Vaillons)." (WA)

"Bright yellow. Lemon drop, smoke and clove on the nose; tighter and less extreme than the village wine. Fat, pliant flavors of ripe stone fruits and apricot are fresher than those of the 2015 village wine but do not show the mineral grip of the 2016 Vaillons. Spreads out nicely to saturate the palate on the rather glyceral back end, finishing with a suggestion of mirabelle." (VM)

"A notably floral nose displays notes of white pepper, apple and tidal pool nuances. The succulent, round and generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors possess good sap that coats the palate on the juicy and delicious finale where a touch of bitter lemon arises." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Part of an esteemed Chablis family, Samuel Billaud struck out on his own in 2009 to found his eponymous domaine. He had previously been the winemaker at Domaine Billaud-Simon, which had been a shining light in the old school Chablis clubhouse of quality. Since the creation of his own label, Samuel has met with great success and moved into a new winery space in 2015 as well as purchasing four hectares of vines that had previously belonged to Domaine Billaud-Simon. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.