2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon 1er Cru Chablis "Montee de Tonnerre"

SKU #1329213 90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is at once more classic and more elegant with its ripe yet airy combination of pear, apple, mineral reduction and floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the refined medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the lingering, balanced and delicious finish where a hint of bitter lemon surfaces.  (8/2016)

92 points Decanter

 Curious, lifted almond nose, reminiscent of walking into a patisserie. On the palate, the attack is fresh and direct with good acidity and purity of fruit. The patisserie character is absent. Sleek and intense with a long lifted finish and a mineral tang. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026.(SB)  (2/2017)


 Bright lemon-yellow. Much less classic and minerally on the nose than the 2016 version, with deep yellow fruit aromas showing the hot-year character. Spicier than usual in the middle palate but in need of more mineral verve and definition. I find this slightly bitter-edged and dry on the back, and not at all typical for this bottling at Billaud-Simon.(ST)  (8/2017)

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