Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Samuel Billaud in the Wine Advocate

William Kelley, writing for the Wine Advocate, has released his scores for the 2016 and 2017 Chablis from Samuel Billaud. He finds the Billaud has settled into his new winery nicely, saying: "Producing classy wines of crystalline purity, this address already belongs on any list of Chablis's best." He also calls out the 2016 Chablis 1er Cru "S├ęchet" as one of ten premiers crus worth a special effort to seek out.

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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