2012 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudesir"

SKU #1290989 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Smoky nose but lots of precise crystalline fruit too. Very juicy and full of brilliantly bright-fruited life. Beautiful white burgundy that is only just ready. Very neat. Doesn’t have the density of the Bachelet-Monnot Bâtard-Montrachet 2011 but this is beautifully balanced.  (10/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (Bernard Billaud began aging this wine in 100% used futs as of vintage 2011): Pale yellow. Musky aromas of mirabelle, toasted brioche, lemon, rose petal and spices. Densely packed and youthfully closed, even austere, but hints at lovely high notes of jasmine and fleur de sel. Very unforthcoming on the spicy back end and in need of seven or eight years in the cellar. But long on potential. (ST) 93+  (7/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir has a crisp and precise, granitic nose that blossoms with aeration. The palate is very well-focused with good depth, hints of orange peel, tangerine and a dash of ginger livening up the finish that feels long in the mouth. Great potential here. (NM)  (8/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Dried pear, spice and licorice notes take shape in the 2012 Chablis Vaudesir. Slightly burnished, oxidative overtones give the 2012 a bit of a forward, heavy quality vis-à-vis the other wines in the lineup. There is plenty of breadth and raw power in the Vaudesir, but less in the way of finesse. (AG)  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 100% barrique fermented. Even more complex and inviting than the Mont de Milieu 2014. Mealy/creamy aroma that also has some orange and apricot fruit. Very rich and at the same time very crisp. Deep and spicy and with that cedary complexity of a mature Chablis. A grand wine, still only just integrated. (JH) 18/20 Points  (7/2016)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.