2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1266634 92-94 points 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.  (10/2015)

92 points 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.  (8/2016)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (7/2016)

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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.