2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Séchet" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1270898 91-93 points 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.  (10/2015)

91-93 points 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)  (8/2015)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (7/2016)

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