Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wine of the Week - Samuel Billaud Chablis "Les Fourneaux"

This week's featured wine is Samuel Billaud's Chablis 1er Cru Les Fourneaux. This highly acclaimed Chablis is made from 100% organically grown grapes from vines planted in 1971. Les Fourneaux is known for the Kimmeridgian marl soils, a terroir found across Chablis and Champagne vineyards as well. Made up of ancient marine fossils, the vineyard soil is rocky and porous with a high limestone content, contributing to the minerality found in the wines. While this Chablis can be aged for many years, developing more intense notes, the 2015 vintage is currently drinking beautifully! The palate is well balanced with citrus peel and fresh lime. It is quite harmonious on the palate with a tang of stem ginger that perks up the finish. The Fourneaux would be perfect with grilled or poached fish, eggs cooked in white wine or goat cheese topped salad.

Part of an esteemed Chablis family, Samuel Billaud struck out on his own in 2009 to found his eponymous domaine. He had previously been the winemaker at Domaine Billaud-Simon, which had been a shining light in the old school Chablis clubhouse of quality. Since the creation of his own label, Samuel has met with great success and moved into a new winery space in 2015 as well as purchasing four hectares of vines that had previously belonged to Domaine Billaud-Simon. The resulting range, from AC to Grand Cru, are layered wines rife with crunchy oyster shell and silex, and exhibit a range of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. This is top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.


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