2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon "Vaudesir" Chablis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Don't miss!* A discreet but not invisible application of wood sets off the ultra-fresh, ripe and airy aromas of pear, rose petal and green fruit along with plenty of Chablis elements. There is a bit more volume on the palate compared to the Preuses with ample power and punch that continues onto the detailed, mineral-driven and explosively long finish. At present the overall complexity isn't quite as prominent but the underlying material is such that this may change with time in bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir has a clean and fresh bouquet with hints of blackberry leaf complementing the citrus fruit and cold granitic aromas. The palate is well balanced with precise citrus fruit, a keen line of acidity and plenty of mineral tension. There is a sense of animation and energy to this Vaudésir, and I can see it ageing beautifully over a decade or more. This is an outstanding Vaudésir from winemaker Olivier Bailly. (NM)
High-pitched aromas of white pepper and ineffable brown spices. Then shockingly lemony, intense and backward, communicating terrific citrussy grip and a strong impression of dusty extract. Very primary grand cru Chablis with powerful mineral-driven acidity and superb inner-mouth tension. Bracing, lemony, high-acid finish. Two of Billaud-Simon's three parcels are in the later-ripening northwest-facing southern section of the cru. 92+ (ST)