2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis

SKU #1329208 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is better Chablis character and even a hint of mineral reduction to the green apple, citrus and tidal pool-scented nose. There is impressive richness to the solidly intense medium-bodied flavors that offer good salinity on the equally clean and dry finale. This isn't an elegant wine but it's delicious and one that should also be accessible young.  (8/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chablis Villages, which comes from vines located just to the north of Fye, has a rather reduced bouquet that lacks the freshness and delineation of its peers. The palate is lively on the entry but then it is missing complexity and mineralité, with a rather conservative finish. Give this 12 months in bottle for that reduction to sort itself and don't be afraid for a short decant. Now owned by Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon continues to produce high quality Chablis from their winery on the banks of the River Serein, next door to Duplessis. The man at the helm here is Olivier Bailly. Their 2015 Chablis Vaillons is an absolute knockout, although to be frank, I was expecting more breeding from their les Blanchots. (NM)  (12/2017)


 Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of pear, yellow peach, spices and dusty herbs, plus a hint of banana. Nicely concentrated and distinctly dry, finishing with a note of licorice and some alcoholic warmth. (I enjoyed the candied lemon and lime peel and high-toned ginger aromas of the just-bottled Petit Chablis but found it atypically big for its category and a touch aggressive and alcoholic.) (ST)  (7/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Offers atypical flavors of lemon, basil and peppery greens. This white stays compact and moderately long. Drink now.  (12/2017)

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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, 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.


- 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.