Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Samuel Billaud in Burghound

Allen Meadows of Burghound has released his barrel scores for 2017 Chablis. Among the producers profiled is Samuel Billaud who described his 2015 vintage thusly: "I would describe them as strongly resembling 2015 but with more evident minerality. The style of the 2017s contrasts markedly with
that of the 2016s as the latter is somewhat exotic with what I would describe as a cold minerality."

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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