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

SKU #1276357 94 points Wine Spectator

 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.—  (11/2016)

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)

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)  (8/2016)

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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.
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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.
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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.