2014 Domaine Samuel Billaud Petit Chablis

SKU #1268722 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A notably reserved nose only grudgingly gives up whispers of green fruit and sea breeze hints. There is ample intensity and vibrancy to the utterly delicious and mineral-driven flavors that terminate in a notably dry and ever-so-mildly austere finish. This should be very good for its level.  (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Petit Chablis Sur les Clos comes from vines planted by Billaud's father and is shared with Faiveley (Domaine Billaud Simon). It has a tightly wound, greengage-scented bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate has commendable energy on the entry with a crisp line of acidity and just the right amount of spiciness towards the short 'n' punchy finish. Drink this over 2 or 3 years once bottled. (RP)  (8/2015)

Vinous

 from vines on the plateau above Les Clos; just finished its malolactic fermentation): Pale yellow-green. Lively if rather strict aromas of lime, grapefruit zest and mint. Juicy pink grapefruit and mint flavors are lifted by fresh acidity. Finishes with firm oyster-shell minerality and strong soil tones. Lovely flavor intensity here. (ST)  (8/2015)

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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.