2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon 1er Cru Chablis "Vaulorent"

SKU #1329214 93 points Wine Spectator

 Good underlying mineral and a firm structure set the stage for peach, melon, apple and lemon flavors here. Balanced, elegant and long on the finish. Drink now through 2022.  (12/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Bright light yellow. Slightly musky scents of fresh apricot, ginger and iodiney sea spray. Juicy, nicely intense, fresh wine with surprising energy but still tight. (Winemaker Bailly says this was picked a day after the Fourchaume but I would have guessed the opposite.) A substantial, silky wine with length and smoothness, building nicely on the firm, gripping finish. Winemaker Olivier Bailly says this wine was opulent and exotic last year like the 2016 is today--but not in bottle.(ST)  (8/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again the impression of the nose is both ripe and cool with its layered mix of ever-so-slightly fruit aromas of mineral reduction, pear liqueur and a wisp of tidal pool. There is good richness if not the finesse usually found with the palate impression of a fine Vaulorent though I do like the depth and sneaky good length.  (11/2017)

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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.