Samuel Billaud - Petit Chablis - Sur les Clos - 2018 - 750 ml
The Petit Chablis Sur les Clos, from vines located on the plateau just above Les Clos.
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.
Billaud's 2018 Petit Chablis offers lovely depth and textural richness at this level, all while maintaining a good bit of freshness as well. Lemon confit and lifted floral notes add a good bit of energy. I very much like the wine's tension and verve, both of which are unusual in 2018. (87–89pts) - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
This comes from the sector of Petit Chablis on top of the hill above Les Clos. Pale yellow, with a fine clean pure and balanced bouquet. The wine fattens out a touch at the finish but has not lost its Chablisian character, offering a stony finish surrounded by a wealth of fruit. Hard to do better. (88pts) - Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy.