2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 89-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre underwent the same vinification as the Mont de Milieu. It has a complex bouquet with sea spray/flint aromas at first, a touch of Golden Delicious apple and smoked walnut. The palate is very balanced and poised with a crisp line of acidity and a generous finish that embraces tropical fruit (guava and passion fruit) but does not allow them to dominate proceedings. This is another impressive 2015 from Samuel Billaud." (WA)

"(bottled last November): Bright, light yellow. Crystallized lemon peel, wet stone and a hint of menthol on the nose. Smooth and thick in the style of the year but also benefits from racy, stony acidity. The fruit flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon are enlivened by the wine's strong mineral component. Too rich to be austere but this surprisingly backward, dense, complex wine will nonetheless need time in the cellar. Very 2015 in style but in a good way." (VM)

"The ultra-floral nose also speaks of pear, sea breeze and soft mineral reduction hints. The rich and generous medium weight flavors possess a more refined mouth feel before concluding in a saline and bitter lemon-inflected finish that is sneaky long. This mildly austere effort should also drink well after only a few years of bottle age." (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.