2014 Samuel Billaud "Les Preuses" Chablis Grand Cru

SKU #1259738 92-94 points 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.  (10/2015)

92-94 points 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)  (8/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 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)  (8/2015)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Chablis

- 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.