Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 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: 1er Cru Montée de Mileu is a 34 hectare vineyard just southeast of the Grand Crus and enjoys a similar south/southeast exposure as Blanchot. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone). This wine is sourced from a single 2.75 hectare parcel.

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 and clear with delicate green reflections. This highly aromatic 1er Cru offers ripe citrus fruits and white flowers. The palate is well-rounded with remarkably persistent aromas.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 2.75ha parcel
  • Avg Vine Age: 50+ years
  • Yield: textinput
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Ttl Acidity: textinput
  • Residual Sugar: textinput
  • Avg Production: 16,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml, 1.5l
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 12/375ml, 3/1.5l
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Green plum and melon fruit pervade this intense, bracing white. Compact, leaning toward the austere side in the balance. Stays long on the steely, chalky finish. Best from 2018 through 2027

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

    "(from very old vines that yielded just 35 hectoliters per hectare): Very pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of lemon, crushed rock, anise and white pepper. Tactile and brisk on the palate, boasting lovely inner-mouth energy and lift to the flavors of lemon, ginger and quinine. The wine's restrained sweetness perfectly buffered by firm minerality. Vibrant, sharply delineated wine with excellent spicy, perfumed length. (Note that Billaud-Simon will no longer offer a Mont de Milieu Vieille Vigne cuve.)"

    Grade: 91-93 Points
  • Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

    "This is the first wine in the range to display any appreciable reduction and while it's not strong, it is enough to push the underlying fruit to the background. The medium-bodied flavors are tightly coiled with terrific energy that is so mineral-driven that the bone dry finish is like sucking on tiny stones. This is not the most refined wine here but it is the most intense."

    Grade: 91-94 Points

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