2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis "Tete d'Or"

SKU #1329210 90 points Wine Spectator

 On the crisp side, if refreshing and focused, displaying apple, lemon and white flower flavors. Shows fine length, remaining very clean and sleek overall. Drink now.  (12/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames the slightly riper aromas of white orchard fruit, lemon and sea breeze. There is a bit more volume and richness to the generously proportioned yet intense flavors that possess adequate if not special depth and length. I wouldn't describe this as entirely classic but there is enough typicity to be at least persuasive.  (11/2017)


 Palish bright yellow. Very ripe, almost candied apricot aroma. Fat and sweet on the palate, conveying less energy than the 2016s that preceded it in my tasting. A bit exotic and blowsy, not to mention dominated by its oak element today. This is a full 12.8% natural alcohol but with low acidity of 3.45 grams per liter. Finishes a bit dry. I wanted more tension.(ST)  (8/2017)

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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.