Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 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 Tonnerre is a 30 hectare vineyard just southeast of the Grand Crus and enjoys the same south/southeast exposure as Les Clos. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).

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

Beautiful white gold hue with green reflections. This 1er cru is highly aromatic with mineral notes and spice. The taut palate is softened by its rich and oily texture. It offers the perfect balance between strength, freshness, minerality, fruit and ripeness. An elegant, complex and harmonious wine.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 30ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 45+ years
  • Yield: textinput
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Ttl Acidity: textinput
  • Residual Sugar: textinput
  • Avg Production: 12,000 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: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Saturated with sweet baked-apple flavor, this is a robust and friendly take on Montee de Tonnerre. It's rounded by almond scents and hints of caramel, while the freshness of the wine keeps it lifted and clean.

    Grade: Year's Best White Burgundy
  • Score: 93 Points

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

    This is crisp, with apple, plum and lemon flavors, accented by floral and mineral notes. Delicate, finishing with fine harmony and length. Drink now through 2026.

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016

    The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre is a knockout wine from what is essentially now the Chablis branch of Maison Naively under winemaker Olivier Bailly. It has a lifted, slightly floral bouquet with attractive apple blossom, gooseberry and granitic aromas that are well defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very good salinity here with a tensile, steely and almost penetrating finish. This is a great Monte de Tonnerre and it comes highly recommended.

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

    "Very pale yellow. Crystalline aromas of green apple, lime oil, white pepper, spices, crushed stone and chalk. Densely packed and fine-grained, with lime and apple flavors energized by pronounced minerality. Really stuffed with material but at the same time weightless. Saturates the palate with lime, crushed stone and white pepper on the vibrant, perfumed back end. This wine will get a long levage, noted rgisseur Olivier Bailly, who will probably bottle it next January."

    Grade: 91-94 Points
  • Wine Image Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

    "A spicy nose grudgingly liberates notes of citrus, floral, wet stone and iodine. There is a fine blend of power and finesse with outstanding punch, complexity and balance on the beautifully lingering finish. A classic Monte de Tonnerre."

    Grade: 92-94 Points

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