2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet" Vieilles Vignes
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A reserved, even discreet, airy and cool nose exhibits notes of lemon peel, oyster shell and iodine nuances. I very much like the sense of underlying tension to the mineral-inflected medium weight and beautifully delineated flavors where the explosive finish clearly communicates that this well-balanced effort is built-to-age. Textbook Séchet.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The debut 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Séchet comes from vines that belonged to Samuel's great-grandmother. It was clear that this was one parcel that Samuel really wanted to get back. Matured entirely in stainless steel, it has a precise Granny Smith apple and wet limestone-scented bouquet. The palate is vibrant on the entry, almost shrill at the moment but then those powerful mineral notes flourish toward the sustained, penetrating finish. Oh yes! I think Samuel's ancestor would be thrilled by this wine. (NM)
Pale yellow. Pure, slightly high-toned aromas of pineapple, stone fruits and crushed-stone minerality, lifted by lemon and orange zest. Pristine, adamantly mineral wine with terrific intensity and framing acidity to its yellow peach and apricot flavors. A real fruit bomb in the context of the vintage but with brisk, firm-edged minerality giving terrific chewy grip to the sexy lingering orange and apricot flavors. I suspect that a few years in bottle will bring greater harmony to the wine's pungent fruit and mineral elements. 91+ (ST)