2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Sechet 1er Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Burghound: 90-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Sechet, which sees no wood contact, shows just a touch of reduction on the nose, although it is simpatico with the fruit. There are subtle notes of white chocolate, walnut, a hint of dried quince and dandelion. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, touches of clementine and dried apricot leading to an understated but focused, precise finish. Perhaps this is one of Billaud’s more approachable 2015s?" (WA)

"(bottled in April of this year): Bright light yellow. Musky, reduced scents of fresh apricot, smoke and earthy minerality. Tactile, brisk and energetic, showing a touch of saline minerality to its slightly exotic stone fruit flavors. The yield here was higher than in Montée de Tonnerre--about 45 hectoliters per hectare. This concentrated, broad wine finishes with a touch of warmth and less class than the scintillating 2016 version." (VM)

"A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of citrus blossom, wet stone, sea breeze and green apple nuances. The attractively textured and very generous medium weight flavors possess good dry extract levels and a light minerality on the palate coating, intense and solidly persistent finish. Among all of these 2015s this is the most obviously mineral-driven of them." (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.