2018 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru "Les Blanchots"

SKU #1514689 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Blanchot is one of the cooler grand cru sites, but Olivier Bailly still chose to pick this on 2 September. Now aged entirely in older wood, the cuvée has undergone a change in style in recent years to make it more elegant, aromatic and direct. Racy, sappy and fresh, it's tangy, saline and mouthwateringly appealing, with pear and citrus fruit intensity. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028. (TA) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This too is ultra-floral with its exceptionally pretty array of pear, petrol, sea breeze and tidal pool whiffs. The delicious, voluminous and energetic medium weight flavors possess a highly beguiling texture that contrasts somewhat with the bold, robust and powerful finish where a touch of oak slowly emerges. This isn't as energetic as the MdT but there is even better depth Inner quote mark (11/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru is more open on the nose compared to Les Preuses, presenting attractive white flower and chalky scents, plus hints of tangerine and grapefruit in the background. The palate is well balanced with a light sour lemon note on the entry, then segues into a saline, spicy middle and finish, touches of sea salt and lemon peel lingering on the aftertaste. Perhaps there is more Chablis character in this Blanchots than Les Preuses. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots is showing well, opening in the glass with notions of fresh peach, green apple and spring blossom. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, it's deep and nicely concentrated, with chalky structuring extract and a mineral finish. This is always one of the domaine's smallest cuvées. (WK) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

92-95 points Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "Pale fresh colour, a backward nose, some white fruit, but not quite giving itself at the moment. Then it opens out on the palate, lead pencil, biscuity finish. Good, but not compelling. There is a touch of heat at the back." 93-95 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru is powerful but also incredibly reticent, especially within the context of the year. Intense citrus, floral and mineral notes run through this potent, almost virile Chablis. Bright and punchy with terrific depth, the 2018 is going to need a number of years to be at its best. It is far from an easygoing wine in this vintage - that much is clear." (1/2020)

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