2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis-Les Clos Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1250477 93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss!* There is an ample amount of mineral reduction present on the citrusy and notably floral nose that also displays an abundance of Chablis character that continues onto the concentrated, powerful, intense and highly energetic palate impression while delivering stunningly good depth and length. As much as I like the Preuses and Blanchots, there is just another dimension present here and this should be remarkable once it achieves its full maturity. Bravo.  (10/2015)

90-93 points Vinous

 (Done entirely in stainless steel): Pale bright yellow. Very ripe if slightly reduced nose offers scents of apple, quinine, mint and metallic minerality. Dense, dry and rich if a bit youthfully disjointed today, with saline and wet stone flavors dominating. Today the wine's reduction blocks its purity of flavor. The dry finish dusts the palate with stone. In contract to the Vaudésir, this one is tricky to taste today. (ST)  (8/2015)

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