Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2014

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 3 hectare plot within Vaillons. Exposure is south/southwest with 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

Bright, clear color with a golden core. This intensely aromatic 1er Cru reveals ripe citrus fruits and white flowers. The palate is remarkably seductive with a lively attack. Its refined aromas linger on the palate and disclose plenty of fruit and a delicate acidity which gives a pleasant sensation of freshness.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 3ha
  • Avg Vine Age: 35+ years
  • Yield: textinput
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Ttl Acidity: textinput
  • Residual Sugar: textinput
  • Avg Production: 17,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 12/375ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Granny Smith apple, green plum, lime and gunflint flavors are the hallmarks of this sleek, vivid Chablis. The tension-filled finish evokes citrus and stone. Drink now through 2024.

    Grade: 90
  • Wine Image Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

    "(this was the only parcel picked before the rainy period on September 21 and 22): Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe aromas of peach and nectarine. Ripe, soft and fresh, in a distinctly friendly style; nicely concentrated but a fruit-driven wine of moderate nuance. (I should note that the new team managed to forget to harvest a portion of the estate's Vaillons vines, only discovering their oversight on October 12. Due to the clement late season, the grapes had gained only one degree of potential alcohol without a meaningful loss of acidity. The sample, of which just 600 liters were made, was similarly dominated by apricot and peach but in its exceptional concentration and combination of sweetness and penetrating acidity was almost painful to taste. This freakish cuve, which showed a far more stony character than the normal Vaillons, will not be a commercial release.)"

    Grade: 87-89 Points
  • Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

    "This too is distinctly cool and reserved with its pretty and airy array of citrus, iodine and ocean breeze scents. There is beautiful intensity and delineation to the delicious and energetic medium-bodied flavors that deliver solid richness and persistence on the well-balanced finish. This should amply reward 6 to 8 years of cellaring."

    Grade: 90-92 Points

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