2010 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118443 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* (from a 2.5 ha parcel of 35+ year old vines - two thirds of the blend is from Chapelot and the remainder from Pied d’Aloup). A reserved yet classic Chablis nose that is ultra-fresh, pure and elegant with the hallmark floral and stone notes of a fine Montée de Tonnerre complement well the rich, dense and impressively well-detailed flavors that culminate in a mineral-inflected and driving finish. A wine of harmony and balance that should age well plus it offers so much Chablis character that this would be almost impossible to miss blind. In sum, one to buy.  (9/ 2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Unfortunately, the 2010 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre is harder to read today. It reflects the nature of the year in its equally intense fruit and acidity. Today, the 2010 is incredibly shut down, but it should be great when it awakens. White peaches, pears, minerals and oyster shells all make an appearance in this savory, delicate wine of impeccable class and pure breeding. This is a great example of Montee de Tonnerre. Anticipated maturity: 2015+.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright yellow-green. Rigorous aromas of lime, white nectarine, crushed stone and anise, lifted by a minty topnote. Tactile and bracing, with penetrating lime and crushed stone flavors intensified by vibrant acidity. This powerful, piercing wine boasts grand cru intensity and structure and appears to be built for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle.  (7/ 2012)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

France

- 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. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- 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.