Billaud Simon, Chablis Tete dOr 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Burgundy

  • Area:

    Chablis

  • ABV:

    12.50%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Vegan:

    Y

  • Winemaker:

    Olivier Bailly

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Billaud Simon Chablis Tete dOr 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Beautiful white gold hue and delicate pale green refections. The nose discloses aromas of citrus and white fowers. The palate is rich, smooth and opulent with the perfect balance between a smooth texture, lively acidity, discreet minerality and fruit.

Production Notes

The grapes are harvested by hand in order to preserve their quality and keep them intact.They are then pressed using a pneumatic press in order to extract juices that are rich in aromas. The musts are then settled at cold temperatures during one night before being vinified in stainless steel vats in order to preserve their clarity and brightness. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are left to take place naturally. The wine is then aged for 12 months with a short period spent in French oak barrels for around 20% of the wine, as is the case for our Grands Crus, in order to impart complexity and richness.

Critics Reviews

JancisRobinson.com 16.5pts (2016) - Some real intensity here and correct young Chablis flavours, build and astringency. Could be worth a punt even though it�s �only� a village Chablis. Distinctly superior.

Producer Profile

Domaine Billaud-Simon in Chablis is comprised of about 42 acres, encompassing four Grands Crus vineyards, including one acre in Les Clos; one acre in Les Preuses; 1.75 acres in Vaudesir and .44 acre in Les Blanchots. The Domaine also owns four Premiers Crus vineyards, including Montee de Tonnerre, Mont-de-Milieu, Fourchaume and Vaillons. In addition to its crus wines, Domaine Billaud-Simon makes a Chablis Villages 'Tete d'Or' with grapes harvested exclusively from the estate. In 1815, at the end of the Napoleonic wars, Charles Louis Noel Billaud returned home to Chablis and founded Domaine Billaud-Simon. There, thanks to his family holdings, he planted the first vines. Then, a little more than a century later in the 1930s, the Domaine vineyards were enlarged with the marriage of his descendant Jean Billaud to Renee Simon. Located close to the Serein River, Jean Billaud's son, Bernard, took over the estate until its acquisition by Domaine Faiveley in July 2014. Since then, Domaine Billaud-Simon is managed separately from Domaine Faiveley: It has its own vineyard, winemaking facilities and remains dedicated to uphold the same style of the wines while continually striving to improve their quality. Along with technical improvements in the modern winery, manual grape picking is increasingly being practiced for their Grands Crus and selected Premiers Crus. The majority of the domaine wines see no oak at all, apart from the Premier Cru Mont de Milieu which is 40% vinified in oak and the Grand Cru Les Blanchots, which is 100% vinified in oak. The aim is always to produce a crisp, mineral Chablis with great elegance, purity and balance. They are fantastic when young but also have huge potential for ageing: the Grand Crus typically improve for at least a decade as their high acidity is covered by richness of fruit. The Chablis wines of Domaine Billaud-Simon exhibit elegance, balance and pure Chardonnay fruit. Delicious when young, they evolve beautifully with some ageing.