2014 Samuel Billaud "Montee de Tonnerre" Chablis 1er Cru

SKU #1268723 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the more expressive nose is quite floral with a pretty and very layered mix of white orchard fruit, iodine and a hint of tidal pool. Once again there is excellent richness to the intense and markedly mineral-inflected flavors that possess plenty of saline character on the dry, long and seductive finale. This is really quite stylish and classy.  (10/2015)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is linear, granitic and slightly smoky on the nose – uncompromising, and what you might call quintessential Chablis aromatics. The palate is brimming over with energy but is linear, precise, but compensates with a lovely oyster-shell finish. Ça c’est super-bon (as they say down here!) (NM)  (8/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Reticent aromas of stone, quinine and lime, plus a whiff of brown spices. Wonderfully concentrated, thick wine with a texture of liquid stone. Quite full for Chablis premier cru but utterly seamless and classically dry. This impeccably balanced wine boasts thick, rising finishing flavors of crushed citrus peel and wet stone, plus an exhilarating suggestion of bitter minerality. And yet there's a captivating element of sweetness as well. Billaud believes that this bone-dry wine will be at its best in ten years. (ST)  (7/2016)

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