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.
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.
Score: 89 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
Bright lemon-yellow. Much less classic and minerally on the nose than the 2016 version, with deep yellow fruit aromas showing the hot-year character. Spicier than usual in the middle palate but in need of more mineral verve and definition. I find this slightly bitter-edged and dry on the back, and not at all typical for this bottling at Billaud-Simon.
This is at once more classic and more elegant with its ripe yet airy combination of pear, apple, mineral reduction and floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the refined medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the lingering, balanced and delicious finish where a hint of bitter lemon surfaces.
(all done in stainless steel; made from three parcels of vines averaging 54 years of age): Vibrant aromas of lemon and lime smell like another vintage. Then surprisingly rich and pliant in the mouth, conveying a strong impression of fruit but less stony minerality and tautness than normal for this wine. The wine's sweet impression is nicely supported by its mid-palate material. There's no hail taste here but this is atypically a fruit bomb of a Monte de Tonnerre.
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