2018 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru

Year: 2018
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 92-94
Burghound: 89-91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Pretty aromas of crisp green orchard fruit, dried white flowers, oyster shell and orange introduce the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes, a satiny, medium to full-bodied wine that's bright and incisive, with racy acids and a chalky finish." (WA)

"The 2018 Chablis Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru is shaping up to be a real beauty. Powerful and resonant in the glass, the 2018 is racy, ample and so expressive. Orchard fruit, almond and dried flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that develop in the glass. Readers will find a powerful, virile Chablis endowed with richness and structure to burn. I can't wait to taste it from bottle." (VM)

"A more reserved nose grudgingly offers up notes of lemon-lime, quinine and white fleshed fruit. There is once again excellent vibrancy to the solidly powerful flavors that conclude in a surprisingly robust, intense and palate soaking finish. This impressively rich effort won't win any accolades for refinement but it certainly doesn't lack for character." (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.