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.
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.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Apple, pear and lanolin notes mark this open white. Picks up a slight chalky sensation on the finish. Delivers intensity and length, with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Drink now through 2021.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons has a clean, precise, chalky bouquet with hints of shucked oyster shells coming through with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. I appreciate the precision and mineralite here, a touch of flint lending edginess and tension all the way through to the finish. This is a really superb effort from Billaud-Simon. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh yellow fruits, ginger and a whiff of oyster shell on the nose. Not as opulent in the mouth as the nose suggests but still possesses the thickness of the vintage. Some spicy lift energizes the mid-palate. The rising, lingering finish shows a hint of youthful bitterness, but the touch of oak (about 10%) is nicely integrated.
This is very different from the Fourchaume with its spicy and intensely floral nose that is more elegant if not quite as complex. There is slightly less volume but more precision to the round and supple middle weight flavors that tighten up on the delicious and lingering finish. Like most of these 2015s, this too should drink well on the younger side.
(sample tasted from stainless steel tank): Bright pale yellow. An aroma of lemon zest is lifted by a floral topnote. Concentrated and sappy, with lemon and white peach flavors braced by ginger and quinine notes, not to mention a lot of CO2. Winemaker Olivier Bailly may add some oak lots to this wine (it certainly appears to possess the energy to support a wood component) but the barrels haven't yet finished their malolactic fermentations.
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