Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 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: One of Chablis' most famous Grand Crus, Les Blanchots is a 12 hectare vineyard sitting directly east of Les Clos with a more easterly/ slightly southeast exposure. The hillside here is steep and soils are 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

Bright and clear with a golden-green hue and attractive sheen. The refined and delicate nose discloses floral notes such as acacia and lime blossom and a touch of citrus fruit. The palate is dense, round and rich with an aromatic bouquet characterized by toasty notes and dried fruits. The finish is long, taut and very mineral.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 12ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 45+ years
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Avg Production: 950 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

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

    A floral style, this is racy and long, with lemon, green apple and stone notes. Austere, yet intense and mouthwatering, this leaves a chalky impression on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030.

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

    "(just three barrels made, one made of oak and two of stainless steel; from vines adjacent to Les Clos at the top of the hill): Pale, bright yellow. Captivating aromas of lavender sea salt and nutmeg, along with a sexy lactic touch. Big, rich, ripe and sweet, showing more ginger and nutmeg spice notes than minerality today. This should round out well with more levage and may well turn more petrolly. Best today on the very long, perfumed finish."

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

    "While there is some wood present it is much less than the approach used by Bernard Billaud and in this case it easily allows the cool, pure and elegant white flower, green apple, iodine and oyster shell aromas to be appreciated. There is fine density and even power to the medium-bodied flavors that are a combination of punch and refinement on the gorgeously long, complex and harmonious finish. This is terrific, though be aware that it is definitely going to require an extended amount of bottle age."

    Grade: 93-95 Points

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