2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis

Year: 2015
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 86
Vinous Media: 87
Burghound: 87-90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"The 2015 Chablis Villages has a delightful bouquet with orange blossom and quince aromas, harnessing the fruité of the warm growing season. The palate is well balanced with a soft opening and a little peaches and cream. Approachable, if just lacking the precision of the inchoate 2016 Chablis at the moment." (WA)

"(my sample had been bottled in November of 2016--the middle of three bottlings): Pale, bright yellow. Exotic aromas of soft citrus fruits and mango. A fat, sweet wine with good density and thickness but modest thrust. In a distinctly soft style (this is carrying 3.6 grams per liter of acidity) and lacking distinction. An easy village wine for drinking young. Billaud noted that his 2015 premier crus have healthier acidity than the '016s, normally close to 4 grams." (VM)

"This is less obviously ripe with its more classic array of cool and restrained green fruit, iodine and sea breeze scents. There is good energy and solid delineation to the delicious middle weight flavors that display more evident salinity on the nicely persistent and more obviously structured finale." (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.