2007 Billaud-Simon Chablis-Vaudésir Grand Cru

SKU #1272084 93-95 points James Suckling

 A moderately riper yet extremely tight nose of iodine, salt and intense sea shore aromas complement to perfection the rich, full and powerful flavors that are a big step up in weight and power as they etch themselves into the palate on the broad-shouldered and muscular finish. This isn't a wine of finesse but as Chablis goes, this is a bruiser of superb intensity that embodies the phrase "jus de pierre" (rock juice).  (10/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Billaud 2007 Chablis Vaudesir smells of white peach, persimmon, orange zest, and musk, which are accented on a wonderfully refreshing palate by salt, iodine, chalk, and peach pit. This is by no means cushy, but rather handsomely lean. It offers an uncanny combination of palpable density with lift, finishing every inch the grand cru and with saliva-inducing savor. Expect an impressive performance for at least close to a decade. (DS)  (10/2010)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Steely aromas of orange zest, smoky minerality and menthol, with a suggestion of gunflint. Rich, ripe and supple, with noteworthy volume but with an edge of lemony acidity giving the broad finish a slightly bitter edge. (ST)  (7/2009)


 Clear citrus aroma, and really ripe lemon on the palate. Silky, dry and concentrated and very long. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (5/2009)

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- 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.