2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru "Sechet Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1317442 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of citrus blossom, wet stone, sea breeze and green apple nuances. The attractively textured and very generous medium weight flavors possess good dry extract levels and a light minerality on the palate coating, intense and solidly persistent finish. Among all of these 2015s this is the most obviously mineral-driven of them.  (10/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (bottled in April of this year): Bright light yellow. Musky, reduced scents of fresh apricot, smoke and earthy minerality. Tactile, brisk and energetic, showing a touch of saline minerality to its slightly exotic stone fruit flavors. The yield here was higher than in Montée de Tonnerre--about 45 hectoliters per hectare. This concentrated, broad wine finishes with a touch of warmth and less class than the scintillating 2016 version.(ST)  (8/2017)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.