2016 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis

SKU #1404634 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Olivier Bailly makes two AOC Chablis wines at Billaud-Simon, including the Tête d’Or (also recommended here). This wine was lovely right out of the gate and just got more delicious as it opened over the course of a day. There’s crisp definition from the lemon-lime zestiness, focusing the scents of meadow flowers and the juicy apple flavors into a creamy richness that fills the mouth, then lasts with the kind of pleasant abrasive texture that chardonnay can give when it’s grown in a mass of ancient seashells. It has a youthful greenness—one taster described it as Sicilian green almonds—placing the wine with anything from the raw bar.  (4/2019)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically similar to the Petit Chablis though there is both a bit more volume and complexity to the succulent and notably round middle weight flavors that are delicious if not exactly classic. This too should drink well young.  (10/2017)

Wine Spectator

 A tangy version, offering lemon, apple and earth flavors, with a chalky feel as this plays out on the moderately long finish. (BS, Web Only-2018)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.