2010 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Vaudésir" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from a .43 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines). There is a lovely mineral reduction to the pure aromas of citrus, ripe orchard fruit, dried rose petal and sea breeze that marry into full-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that possess seemingly endless reserves of acid-buffering extract on the mouth coating, long and almost painfully intense finish. This bone dry effort will require plenty of cellar time but it will be more than worth the wait as it’s a knockout.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pure, cool minerality is at the heart of the 2010 Chablis Vaudesir. Introspective and reticent, the Vaudesir clearly needs time to fully emerge. White peaches, flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all layered into the vibrant, bright finish. There is plenty of energy and focus in the glass, yet the Vaudesir remains a bit closed today. In 2011, Billaud-Simon moved to oak aging for this wine. Tasting the 2010, it is easy to understand why. Anticipated maturity: 2013+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(still in cuve): Pale green-yellow. Lovely purity and lift to the aromas of grapefruit and lime. Fat, sweet and surprisingly supple for grand cru but showing more texture than personality today; I don't find much nuance here. Turns a bit hard-edged, even austere, on the back end, finishing with a note of licorice. This will need at least a couple years in bottle to come into harmony