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2017 Domaine Samuel Billaud Petite Chablis "Sur Les Clos" (Previously $25)

SKU #1421732 90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark After a near wipe out in 2016, Samuel Billaud's great value Petit Chablis is back in 2017 with a vengeance. Made with old-vine fruit from the plateau above Les Clos, it's balanced, light and very pure. Drinking Window 2019 - 2021. (TA) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

88-90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Petit Chablis Sur La Clos, which was racked one time, has a very perfumed bouquet with crisp red apple and light lemon zest aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp, very good acidity here with a vivid finish with plenty of tension. Recommended. (NM) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is sufficiently reduced today that it's hard to read but the underlying fruit appears to be ripe. Otherwise there is both good energy and minerality to the beautifully defined flavors that conclude in a very dry but not austere finale. This chiseled effort should drink well early on if desired. *Outstanding, Top Value* Inner quote mark (10/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aromas of green apple, ripe Meyer lemon and white flowers introduce the 2017 Petit Chablis Sur les Clos, a medium-bodied, tangy wine with bright acids and a chalky finish. It's a crisp, tensile Petit Chablis to follow for the next handful of years. After parting ways with Domaine Billaud Simon after some 20 years, Samuel Billaud has established his own state-of-the-art winery in central Chablis, where he is ably vinifying the fruit of some four hectares of estate vineyards, supplemented by purchased grapes. Manual harvesting of ripe but bright fruit is the rule here, followed by fermentation at 16 to 20 degrees Celsius in tank and inconspicuous wood and maturation for 15 to 18 months on the lees for the premiers crus. These are bright, nervy expressions of Chablis with plenty of concentration and length. In a sense, Billaud's evolution as a free agent has followed a similar trajectory to that of Billaud Simon under its new management. Producing classy wines of crystalline purity, this address already belongs on any list of Chablis's best.(WK) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Racked. Pale light green, with a really elegant nose. Gentle lemongrass, good fruit with some fresh green apple at the back. Excellent tension, fractionally saline. Production comes from just 0.30ha but Samuel buys fruit from a neighbouring hectare. Tasted: May 2018."

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