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2017 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1442037 93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru offers a super-intriguing mix of floral notes, citrus, almond, mint and white pepper. Lifted and precise with striking translucency, the Montée is really expressive today. Because of the lower yields in this vintage, 2017 was done entirely in oak. It is unquestionably a very fine wine, but it lacks that extra touch of purity that in top years can elevate wines from this site even more. (AG)  (1/2020)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is a bit more Chablis typicity present on the cool, pure and more elegant nose that offers up aromas of matchstick, mineral reduction, iodine, seashore and green fruit scents that are trimmed in soft wood. There is excellent intensity and plenty of minerality on the more sophisticated if somewhat less powerful flavors that flash an abundance of salinity on the impressively long finale. This is like rolling small pebbles around your mouth and should also age well.  (10/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Montée de Tonnerre suffered this year, so the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre was produced from very low yields. The resulting wine is consequently unusually rich, fleshy and powerful, revealing aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, green apple, white flowers and wet stones. Textural and gourmand, with ripe balancing acids, it's hard to know how it will evolve. (WK)  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "The core of this wine comes from old vines in Pied d’Aloue, planted around 1935 and still yielding correctly. The very white clay soil reminds Olivier of Blanchots, just across the valley. Very pure clear colour. Exceptionally chiselled. Lean but very intense, fresh limes again but on a base of pure marine Chablis. Very long aftertaste."

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