Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015

Domaine Billaud-Simon

The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the "Golden Gate of Burgundy", is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.

Terroir: Sourced from a small .25 acre plot within the heart of Fourchaume. Exposure here is along the same south/southeast slope as the Grand Cru's just to the east. Soils are mainly kimmeridgian (clay and limestone) soils.

Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 14 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

Additional Information

White gold color with delicate pale green reflections. The elegant nose offers intense fruit aromas. The attack is fresh and clean with mineral and citrus notes on the well-balanced palate. The finish is remarkably persistent. This intensely aromatic Chablis is a pure pleasure to drink.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: .25 acres
  • Avg Vine Age: 35+ years
  • Yield: textinput
  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Avg Production: 17,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

    The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume has a comparatively austere bouquet for the vintage, with granite and chalk aromas filtering from the glass. The palate is steely and focused, armed with a fine bead of acidity, a discrete Chablis for the vintage but with impressive precision toward the finish. It is one of those Chablis that might get lost in the vintage, however its subtle charms were not lost on me. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2023

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Bright light yellow. Smoky yellow fruits and sexy soil tones on the nose; not too different from the 2016. An attractive fruit-driven wine with a suave texture and a restrained sweetness. Finishes smooth, with a note of hazelnut.

  • Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

    This is also notably ripe but not really exotic with its array of pear, citrus, mineral reduction and wisps of sea shell and ocean scents. The slightly bigger and richer flavors possess a caressing mouth feel before delivering a vibrant and citrusy finale that offers good if not truly special depth.

    Grade: 89-91 Points
  • Wine Image Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, July 1, 2016

    (a stainless steel wine): Pale yellow. Licorice and white pepper dominate fruit on the nose. At once juicy and a bit exotic, showing a hint of banana and some alcoholic warmth. Bailly says this is going through an exotic grapefruity stage but I was more worried about the wine's heat.

    Grade: 87-90 Points

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