Monday, February 24, 2020

Samuel Billaud in Vinous

Antonio Galloni has just reviewed the 2018 vintage of Samuel Billaud's Chablis in Vinous. The reviews highlight the importance of seeking out reliable producers in difficult vintages. Even in challenging years, Billaud produces wines of fantastic balance and consistency, as Galloni indicates:
"This was my first tasting with Samuel Billaud in his new winery. Billaud has done a tremendous job in building out his range since he struck out on his own some years ago. What I find most compelling about these wines is how they balance textural richness with energy. That is not so surprising in 2017, as the style of the year leans towards freshness, but it was much harder to achieve in 2018."

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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