2015 Domaine Samuel Billaud Chablis Grand Cru "Bougros" (Previously $90)

SKU #1317445 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of smoky reduction presently overshadow the underlying fruit and soft wood aromas. There is also a touch of wood present on the big-bodied, concentrated and muscular flavors that possess good power on the rustic, saline and slightly warm finish. Once again, this could be approached young or held for a few years first.  (10/2017)


 (there was no hail here, so Billaud picked this fruit the following weekend, according to his original schedule): Bright, light yellow. Very ripe, musky nose combines caramel, smoky oak, spices and a fusel element. Concentrated and tactile on the palate but a bit blocky and undifferentiated today, in need of time in bottle to shed some of its baby fat. This very young wines finishes with some warmth. A bit too easygoing for grand cru: will this develop more nuance with some bottle age?(ST)  (8/2017)

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- 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.