2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon "Tete d'Or" Chablis

SKU #1260783 93 points Wine Spectator

 This rich white boasts peach, lemon, oyster shell and cinnamon flavors. Beautifully knit, with precise acidity and a long, focused aftertaste. (BS)  (3/2016)

92 points Decanter

 Very perfumed with notes of flowers and young stone fruit. Lovely texture and a floral finish. (GB)  (2/2016)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off the equally cool, pure and citrus-infused nose that also displays plenty of classic Chablis character. There is fine density to the mineral-driven, vibrant and well-detailed flavors that deliver excellent depth and length for its level. With a few years of bottle age this should be lovely. Recommended.  (10/2015)

88-90 points Vinous

 (80% of this wine is in stainless steel and 20% in barrels; these vines are situated at the foot of Montée de Tonnerre, on similar soil): Pale yellow. Musky yellow fruits and stone on the ripe nose. Nicely dense and ripe, showing good floral lift to the pear and peach flavors. Finishes dusty, lively and long. Very promising. (ST)  (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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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
Two-thirds of the wine originates from the lieu-dit directly below the Chapelot lieu-dit in Montée de Tonnerre, which is one of the top premier cru vineyards. Rich, with a hint of oak, this Chablis has iodine, white flowers and green apple notes with great length and a vibrant, long finish. This is a mouthwatering, taut wine that epitomizes what Chablis is capable of.

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- 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, Mâcon, 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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- 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.