Samuel Billaud - Chablis - Les Grands Terroirs - 2018 - 750 ml
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Les Grands Terroirs is a blend of Les Parges, Chapelot and Les Cartes.
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 degrees 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.
Producing classy wines of crystalline purity, this address already belongs on any list of Chablis's best.
The 2018 Chablis is silky, nuanced and light on its feet, with lovely textural richness and tons of pure class. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all finely delineated. Here, too, readers will find a wine done in a nervy style for the year. (89–90pts) - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Samuel Billaud’s Chablis is blended from Les Pargues, Bas de Chapelots and 80 year old vines is Les Quarts, one third of each. Pale in colour, this is impressively chiselled on both nose and palate and has a fine feeling of concentration. It boasts a steely finish, enjoying a perfect fruit and acid balance. (90pts) - Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.
Aromas of citrus zest, pear, white flowers, crisp green apple and oyster shell introduce the 2018 Chablis Villages, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and seamless wine that's elegantly textural and incisive, with racy acids and a layered core of fruit. This is a terrific example of the appellation and well worth seeking out. (90pts) - William Kelley – Robert Parker