2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon "Vaudesir" Chablis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1256889 92-94 points 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.  (10/2015)

94 points 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)  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (7/2016)

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