2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"

SKU #1254351 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, which comes from both Billaud's own vines and a small purchased parcel, actually has a similar bouquet to the Vaudésir. It is very complex with mineral scents flanked by nutmeg and orange rind, unfurling all the time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine tension and grace, the finish precise and with just the right amount of bitterness that prolongs the aftertaste. Superb. (NM)  (8/2015)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Generous if not dominant wood fights somewhat with the fresh citrus, floral and mineral reduction scents. Once again there is excellent volume and intensity to the powerful big-bodied flavors that deliver outstanding length if not quite the same depth and refinement of its two grand cru stablemates.  (10/2015)

91-93 points Vinous

 (70% domain fruit from the top of Clos and 30% purchased grapes from the middle of the slope; aging almost entirely in one-to-five-year-old barriques--actually, one was new--and a 450-liter barrel): Bright, pale yellow. Very ripe aromas of apricot and flinty minerality, with some obvious spicy oak showing. Very young but quite oaky, with the normal minerality of this great grand cru currently dominated by the wood element. Hard to assess at this early stage but I find it less classic than the Preuses. (ST)  (8/2015)

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