Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wine of the Week: Samuel Billaud Chablis "Les Clos" Grand Cru

The first featured wine of June comes from the largest and most widely known of the seven climats of the Chablis Grand Cru appellation; Les Clos. The white wines produced in this region are made from 100% Chardonnay, and are known for being more powerful and intense compared to the other Grand Crus; while also having an extremely long aging potential. Samuel Billaud's most recent release of "Les Clos" opens with notes of citrus fruit, quince, apricot blossom, white pepper and crushed rock. The palate displays juicy lemon with vibrant energy, a fresh acidity, and a precise salinity. When pairing this full bodied, sophisticated white wine, one should look for other sophisticated precise flavors and textures. Foie Gras, lobster, crab, and delicate fish of poultry in a cream sauce, and the minerality goes beautifully with oysters as well. This is a perfect wine to serve with dinner on these the warm summer nights! Cheers.

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 arange of flavor profiles from licorice to white peach to toasty baguette. Thisis top quality Chablis from a rising star producer – for white Burgundy lovers, these are not to be missed.


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