2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Mont de Milieu"

SKU #1276357 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 From just south of the run of Grand Cru vineyards, this wine is ripe— full of sun as well as acidity. Juicy with swathes of lemon and crisp green apple fruit, it's textured, tight and likely to age well. The estate has been owned by Nuits-St.-Georges-based Domaine Faiveley since 2014. Drink from 2020. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (5/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Green plum and melon fruit pervade this intense, bracing and compact white, which leans toward the austere side in the balance, staying long on the steely, chalky finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 100 cases imported. *Highly Recommended* (BS)  (3/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 While there is a trace of exotic character to the citrus-inflected white orchard fruit nose it is more discreet than usual. The medium-bodied flavors are tightly coiled with terrific energy that is so mineral-driven that the bone dry finish is like sucking on tiny stones. This is not the most refined wine here but it is admirably intense. While clearly extremely young this should still be approachable young.  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright, pale yellow-straw. Complex aromas of lime blossom, crushed stone, spearmint and anise. Densely packed and tactile yet seamless, with nicely integrated lemony acidity giving the wine serious energy and thrust. This beauty is concentrated, full and very long. (ST)  (7/2016)

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Varietal:

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, Mâcon, 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13