Monday, November 30, 2015

Samuel Billaud - A Maverick with Pedigree in Chablis

France, Burgundy: Painful Pleasure - Chablis 2013/2014For those of you who love the crisp, chalky salinity of fine Chablis, the name Billaud should ring a few bells. Domaine Billaud-Simon has been a powerhouse in old school Chablisienne quality for two centuries now, since 1815. Samuel cut his teeth at the family domaine, but since 2009 Samuel has been at the helm of his own project -  Domaine Samuel Billaud - and the accolades are starting to roll in from major wine publications such as The Wine Advocate, Burghound, and Vinous.

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Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate talks to the Billaud in his piece “France, Burgundy: Painful Pleasure - Chablis 2013/2014 - Domaine Samuel Billaud.” In addition, he wrote up the wines of the two vintages, with many strong showings throughout the line.

Allen Meadows of Burghound finds much to like at the fledgling domaine, writing in late 2014: “life was about to materially change in a good way for Samuel Billaud thanks to the partial sale of Domaine Billaud-Simon …” He awarded scores of 90+ to many of the wines. 

Steven Tanzer also praises the 2013/2014 vintages, giving consistent scores and noting that “got back four hectares of vines, and in vintage 2014 his production will be up to about 7,500 cases of wine.”

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