2014 Samuel Billaud "Les Preuses" Chablis Grand Cru
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Discreet but not invisible wood sets off notes of grapefruit, iodine and algae. The rich but refined middle weight flavors are less powerful than those of the Vaudésir but notably more elegant while delivering a fine bead of minerality on the impeccably well-balanced and persistent finale. This seems almost light compared to either the Vaudésir or the Les Clos yet it is so much more refined. A beautiful wine of finesse and understatement.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses has a very refined, marine-influenced bouquet with oyster-shell scents developing alongside subtle, spicy aromas. The palate is fresh, vibrant with lime and citrus lemon, the acidity providing the momentum and the energy that drives this Les Preuses along, finishing with a mineral flourish. This is superior to the 2013 at the moment and should delight many Chablis-lovers once in bottle. (NM)
these vines are between 60 and 70 years of age; aging in five-year-old oak): Pale yellow-green. Alluring aromas of pink grapefruit, orange zest, ginger, spices and white flowers. Broad, dense and light on its feet, showing subtle, reticent flavors of citrus zest, pepper, spices and flowers, as well as a delicate salinity. Tight-verging-on-painful today and quite uncompromising. Finishes salty and bracing but not quite hard. This will need considerable bottle aging upon release. (ST)