2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1254348 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose is dominated by pink grapefruit and tidal pool nuances. The sleekly proportioned middle weight flavors also possess ample minerality that continues onto the once again notably dry but not austere finale that delivers markedly better depth and persistence. Good stuff.  (10/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 (from purchased grapes from 60-year-old vines): Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of orange zest, pink grapefruit, white pepper and lichee are a bit more exotic than those of the village wine in a good way. Fat, savory and sweet in the mouth, with a creamy old-vines intensity to the flavors of crystallized lime and stone fruits. Finishes smooth and long, with bracing acidity giving this fruit bomb a lipsmacking sappiness on the back. (ST)  (8/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Tank sample. Very wet stony on the nose with some fermentation aromas still in evidence. A baby but one without any excess flesh.  (6/2015)

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- 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.