2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A spicy nose grudgingly liberates notes of citrus, floral, wet stone, oyster shell and iodine. There is a fine blend of power and finesse with outstanding punch, complexity and balance on the beautifully lingering and markedly dry finish. A classic Montée de Tonnerre of refinement and grace.
This is crisp, with apple, plum and lemon flavors, accented by floral and mineral notes. Delicate, finishing with fine harmony and length. Drink now through 2026. (BS)
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. (NM)
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)
Wine & Spirits
Saturated with sweet baked-apple flavor, this is a robust and friendly take on Montée de Tonnèrre. It’s rounded by almond scents and hints of caramel, while the freshness of the wine keeps it lifted and clean.