Chablis is not always appreciated the way it should especially when you taste a wine from Billaud-Simon. If you ever want to discover top Chablis than this house is the one to try out. I have tried this house on many occasion and each time my heart falls in love with the identity and craft this domain brings to the world.
The other very interesting fact on Chablis is that on a whole it is super affordable and will bring you pleasure and satisfaction, sure you need to know where to shop and who to taste.
Chablis belongs to one of the most iconic wine region the world knows, Burgundy. Chablis is a town in the northern part of Burgundy, in the Yonne department. The Chablis vineyards lay along the river "Serein" (serene), vines here started growing during the Roman era, but it is in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks from the abbey of Pontigny that the wine cultivation really took of. Chablis was a late addition to the wines of Burgundy in the 15th century and locals never really regarded them as Burgundian. The AOC status Chablis was created in 1938, confirming the excellent qualities of this dry, white wine, complex mineral and rich. Chablis makes only white wine and uses Chardonnay as the sole grape. Chablis is divided into four sections; Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis and Petit Chablis.
Location; North of Burgundy near the city of Auxerre 180 kilometers from Paris (110 miles)
Places; Beine, Beru, Chablis, Fye, Milly, Poinchy, La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne, Chemilly-sur-Serein, Chichee, Collan, Courgis, Fleys, Fontenay-pres-Chablis, Lignorelles, Ligny-Le-Chatel, Maligny, Poilly-sur-Serein, Prehy, Villy and Viviers.
Soil in Chablis; Clay-Limestone, Fossils and Marl.
Size; 4,300 ha (10.500 acres).
Production; 32 million bottles on average.
Types of wine; Fruity dry white wines in general, the Grand and Premier Cru are more complex and richer.
Age; Chablis 2 to 5 years; Chablis Premier Cru 3 to 7 years; Chablis Grand Cru 7 to 12 years.
Top Vintages; 2014,2010,2005, 2002, 2000 (last 15 years)
Chablis top parcels; Preuses, Bougros, Vaudesir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos, Blanchot.
Billaud-Simon lays on a unique terroir, the Kimmeridgian. The geological heart of the Chablis wine region lays on a bed of marine-sediment, algae and shell that formed 155 million years ago. This unusual iodine-rich geology is imparted to the Chardonnay through its roots and gives Chablis wines their unique identity. Billaud-Simon has been part of the Chablis wine region since 1815 and covers almost 17 hectares of vines. The bicentenary domain nurtures and cultivates vineyards of exceptional quality planted mainly with old vines average ageing 50 years who have been carefully tended to and preserved over time. The whole process from vine to glass is done with extreme care and intention, making sure the whole process from terroir to vine to glass is reflected. The wines are fresh and pure with an underlying minerality, notes of citrus combined with spicy aromas (fennel, lime blossom, cinnamon, hawthorn).
This is a domain that gives you all you look for in this wonderful appellation; identity, personality, complexity and diversity.
Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete D'Or 2012
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Price: €16 $19 £14
Production: 25,000 bottles
Visual: A beautiful light yellow color glances at you with a color intensity of 2.5 out of 5, the legs are skinny and the limpidity is perfect, the brilliance is shiny, a female like appearance with a slight athletic edge.
Nose: A well set aromatic nose, diary at first, followed by spice, fennel, little citrus here and there with white flowers sliding in, a underline of pear and faint hints of cardamom.
Palate: The attack is soft round and delicate, with good structure, citrus hints and mid palate holds very well together with good balance between aromas and acidity, it feels mellow lingers on pretty long, it feels very elegant.
Conclusion: This is one of the top Chablis makers there is, very few do such a consistant works year in year out, with an intense search on identity, this house has a range to please all white wine lovers, I surely recommend this house to you all.
Score: I rate this wine 19/20 90/100 (rated as an excellent wine)
18-18.9 very good wine
17-17.9 good wine
16-16.9 fair wine
15-15.9 drinkable wine
14-14.9 acceptable wine
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