2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon "Mont de Milieu" Chablis 1er Cru
Green plum and melon fruit pervade this intense, bracing white. Compact, leaning toward the austere side in the balance. Stays long on the steely, chalky finish. Best from 2018 through 2027.—
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.
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu underwent a 14-month maturation, 10% in French oak, and has a pretty, white petal scented bouquet with green apple, kiwi fruit and light peachy aromas. The palate is well balanced with a citric entry, the acidity is well judged, although I would be seeking more complexity in the second half where it feels rather strict and linear. Not bad, but it could be even better. Now under the wing of Maison Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon has produced a clutch of very fine wines in the 2014 vintage that are certainly worth seeking out. (NM)