2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis

SKU #1260782 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis Villages from Domaine Billaud-Simon has a more floral bouquet than its peers with peppermint scents subtlety interwoven into the citrus and green apple aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a keen line of acidity. This just feels natural and harmonious, the finish just flowing across the mouth with requisite tension and mineralité for a Chablis. This constitutes an excellent Chablis Village. (NM)  (8/2015)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also quite aromatically restrained but there is so much classic Chablis character present that even blind it could scarcely be mistaken for any other region. The cool, pure and focused middle weight flavors possess an almost pungent minerality along with a clean, markedly dry, balanced and beautifully persistent finish. This is a terrific example for its level and would make a fine choice for an all-around, as well as age-worthy, house white.  (10/2015)


 (bottled just prior to my visit; none of the other 2014s were finished): Very pale color. Brisk aromas of lime, fresh apricot, ginger and flowers. Juicy, dry and precise but a bit lean. Finishes pure, with modest length.  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Billaud-Simon was purchased in 2014 by the Faiveley family, owners of Domaine Faiveley in Nuits-St-Georges. The Faiveleys recognized that though Chablis has been producing excellent wines, there was still room to improve and create breathtaking offerings.

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
A clean and modern, mineral-driven Chablis, the Billaud Simon is fermented in stainless steel. It maintains a purity of fruit and terroir with and an expressive nose of lemon blossom and talc. The mouthfeel is a nice, silky medium weight with clear, mouthwatering acidity and a hint of salinity. This is the perfect refresher on a warm day! Recommended!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Delightful from the start, with aromas of lime blossom, flint and yellow flowers that lead to an energetic palate of citrus, iodine and mineral flavors, all of which are framed by zippy acidity.

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