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: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Rich and densely textured, offering floral, white peach, apple and mineral aromas and flavors. Not so expressive today, yet balanced and long. Best from 2020 through 2025.
(assembled in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Aromas of slightly exotic yellow fruits, spices and hazelnut, plus a whiff of banana and a toasty note. Silky-sweet and quite spicy in the mouth, with the exotic fruit flavors given a light touch by harmonious framing acidity. Most of these 2016s show excellent chewy concentration as well as a touch of salinity.
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