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: Grand Cru Vaudesir covers 14.7 hectares of relatively steep hillside with an exposure south/southeast. Domaine Billaud-Simon's plot is approximately .5 hectares. 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.
Bright and clear with a pale yellow hue and greenish glimmers. The complex nose reveals a delicate bouquet of white flowers, lime blossom, acacia, vanilla and honey. The palate is well-structured and perfectly balanced between smoothness and acidity.
Score: 94 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Now owned by the Faiveley family of Nuits-Saint-Georges, this estate is producing crisper wines than in the past. This is true of this Grand Cru that balances great acidity and crisp apple and citrus fruits with a smoother texture from oak aging. Floral and ripe, the wine will age. Drink from 2021.
Score: 95 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Beautifully rich, this wine is ripe and full of concentrated fruit. It's generous and full bodied, while retaining tight acidity and minerality. Juicy white fruit flavor shows strongly, allied to the still-very-young acidity and texture, suggesting long life ahead. Drink from 2022.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
(100% made in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit aromas are a bit reduced today (this wine showed a more exuberant Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc character a year ago from tank). A sweet, plush fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated soft citrus and yellow orchard fruit flavors. This silky wine has real shoulders despite having been made without oak but it will need time to express itself and reveal more minerality.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023.
Healthy pale yellow. Slightly high-toned, very ripe aromas of yellow peach and pineapple. In a low-SO2 phase, this comes across as plush, sweet and rich, with inviting stone fruit and lime flavors carrying nicely on the finish. But more Chardonnay than grand cru Chablis.
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