2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon Grand Cru Chablis "Vaudesir"

SKU #1329215 92 points Wine Spectator

 Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023.  (9/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Soft wood sets off distinctly ripe and slightly exotic yellow and white orchard fruit that display background nuances of lychee, seaweed and mineral reduction. There is exceptional richness to the dense and seductively textured, indeed even opulent flavors that possess excellent volume along with an attractive minerality that really comes up on the well-detailed and sneaky long finish. In contrast to most of the range, this is almost delicate.  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 100% made in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit aromas are a bit reduced today (this wine showed a more exuberant Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc character a year ago from tank). A sweet, plush fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated soft citrus and yellow orchard fruit flavors. This silky wine has real shoulders despite having been made without oak but it will need time to express itself and reveal more minerality.(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.