2010 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Vaudésir" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118444 95 points 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.  (9/ 2012)

93 points 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+.  (8/ 2012)

90-91 points 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  (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.