2018 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis

Year: 2018
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 89-90
Burghound: 88-90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Aromas of citrus zest, pear, white flowers, crisp green apple and oyster shell introduce the 2018 Chablis Villages, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and seamless wine that's elegantly textural and incisive, with racy acids and a layered core of fruit. This is a terrific example of the appellation and well worth seeking out." (WA)

"The 2018 Chablis is silky, nuanced and light on its feet, with lovely textural richness and tons of pure class. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all finely delineated. Here, too, readers will find a wine done in a nervy style for the year." (VM)

"Here too there is enough classic Chablis character to be persuasive on the green fruit, sea breeze and quinine aromas. The punchy and utterly delicious medium weight flavors possess better volume along with very good mid-palate fat, all wrapped in a crisp, focused and attractively persistent 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.