Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Samuel Billaud in the Wine Advocate

The scores are in for Samuel Billaud's 2017 Chablis vintage in bottle - and the news is great! As Wine Advocate reviewer William Kelley puts it:
"These are bright, nervy expressions of Chablis with plenty of concentration and length...Producing classy wines of crystalline purity, this address already belongs on any list of Chablis's best, and the 2017s, revisited from bottle, are showing brilliantly. Billaud was one of several producers who observed that the vintage had tightened up with élevage, and all his 2017 offerings come warmly recommended."

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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