2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Don't Miss!* A spicy nose grudgingly liberates notes of citrus, floral, wet stone and iodine. There is a fine blend of power and finesse with outstanding punch, complexity and balance on the beautifully lingering finish. A classic Montée de Tonnerre.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre is a knockout wine from what is essentially now the Chablis branch of Maison Naively under winemaker Olivier Bailly. It has a lifted, slightly floral bouquet with attractive apple blossom, gooseberry and granitic aromas that are well defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very good salinity here with a tensile, steely and almost penetrating finish. This is a great Montée de Tonnerre and it comes highly recommended. Now under the wing of Maison Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon has produced a clutch of very fine wines in the 2014 vintage that are certainly worth seeking out. Part of me wishes that they would consider changing the name to avoid confusion with Samuel Billaud, but then again, there has been enough acrimony that followed the division of the original estate. So perhaps for now its best that both parties just go about producing great Chablis wine. These wines are overseen by Olivier Bailly and it tastes as if he is doing a very fine job.
Hints of yellow fruits on the nose, with complicating notes of white pepper and crushed oyster shell; smells austere. A bit sweeter on entry than the Mont de Milieu but even more backward and stony today in spite of a roundness of texture. In a more refined style, with a hint of orange oil giving this bone-dry premier cru a sexy suggestion of sweetness. Finishes with penetrating minerality.. (ST)