2010 Billaud-Simon Chablis "Les Preuses" Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1118445 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 80+ year old vines). This sports a classic Chablis nose with plenty of oyster shell and iodine nuances to the elegant and very pure green fruit, floral and citrus aromas. There is a highly attractive texture to the silky mouth feel of the detailed and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that are more about harmony and finesse than power, all wrapped in a perfectly balanced, bone dry and hugely lingering finish. An absolute stunner of a Preuses that should age beautifully and one of the wines of the 2010 vintage.  (9/ 2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chablis Les Preuses is another wine that captures the essence of the year in its crystalline purity. It reflects the subtler, more refined side of 2010 in its finely cut, chiseled white stone fruits, slate, smoke, mint, crushed rocks and lime. Although there is plenty of energy and focus in the glass, the Preuses, and the finish in particular, is all about delicacy and understated minerality. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-green. Precise aromas of white peach, lime blossom and crushed stone. Silky, round and fine-grained, with enticing floral and mineral lift. This supple, subtly sweet grand cru is in a distinctly feminine style in 2010. Finishes with a slight warmth.  (7/ 2012)

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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.