2014 Domaine Billaud Simon Chablis Grand Cru "Blanchots"

SKU #1283566 94 points Vinous

 (25% raised in very old barrels): Pale bright yellow. Compelling oyster-shell minerality combines beautifully with a floral element on the inviting nose, which shows little sign of oak. Wonderfully rich, silky and elegant; a highly concentrated wine with outstanding finesse of texture and captivating inner-mouth aromatic character. Builds slowly and lingers long on the fine-grained, palate-staining back end. Consistent from start to finish. From 2015 on, there will be just two barrels of this wine, one made of oak and the other of stainless steel. (ST)  (7/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 While there is some wood present it is much less than the approach used by Bernard Billaud and in this case it easily allows the cool, pure and elegant white flower, green apple, iodine and oyster shell aromas to be appreciated. There is fine density and even power to the medium-bodied flavors that are a combination of punch and refinement on the gorgeously long, complex and harmonious finish. This is also really quite impressive, though be aware that it is definitely going to require an extended amount of bottle age.  (10/2016)

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