2018 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru

Year: 2018
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Burghound: 90-93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Monte de Tonnerre offers up aromas of crisp orchard fruit, honeycomb, pear and dried white flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive palate with a delicately textural attack and a tightly wound core. Still youthfully reserved, this vibrant wine will reward a little bottle age." (WA)

"The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru does not deliver the same delineation and precision as the Fourchaume tasted alongside. This feels a bit smudged. The palate is rounded in texture and quite honeyed, with more overt tropical notes of mango and passion fruit, but the warmth of the summer denudes the finishing precision and bite you seek in a Chablis." (VM)

"Aromatic notes of Conference pear are vivid on the nose of this wine. The palate adds zestiness, suggesting white citrus pith on the mid-palate that channels the fruity abundance and gives tension and texture, scented with lemon freshness. The finish is dry, bright and refreshing, with a lovely smidgeon of that Chablis chalkiness. -Anne Krebiehl MW" (WE)

"A softly citrus-infused nose flashes notes of white flower, mineral reduction, tidal pool and quinine hints. The finer if somewhat less concentrated flavors possess evident minerality and a lovely sense of verve while displaying excellent length and very good depth. This promising effort is a combination of finesse and punch."(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.