SAMUEL BILLAUD Chablis 1er Cru, Les Fourneaux 2014 MAGNUM (los)
White Still Wine | France | Burgundy | Chablis | 150cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Crisp and Dry White
THE WINE ADVOCATE Rating: 90+
Drink Date: 2018 - 2028
Reviewed by: Neal Martin, Issue Date: 31st Aug 2016, Source: 226, The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Fourneaux comes from a single parcel of 40-year-old vines that are cultivated organically. It has a clean and precise bouquet with chalk dust and a subtle white mushroom-like aroma. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, a dash of spice on the entry with a fine saline component that is expressed towards the slightly truncated finish. This wine has good potential and I would give it 12-18 months in bottle.
There’s a new guy in town. That guy in Samuel Billaud and more accurately, he is returning to the town of Chablis after being embroiled in a family dispute with his uncle Bernard Billaud, when he sold the domaine to Faiveley (still under the Domaine Billaud-Simon name, incidentally). As a consequence, there was an interregnum whereby Samuel occupied a temporary facility outside Chablis in the village of La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne. Since I have been visiting Samuel, it was clear that he was itching to lay foundations more permanently and as luck would have it, he was able to move into the building previously occupied by Domaine Moreau-Naudet--located in the heart of the village, just down from Domaine Droin.
BURGHOUND Allen Meadows - 90-93 points
"A ripe and attractively complex nose offers up notes of citrus, pear, apple, ocean breeze and a smoky hint. The complexity continues onto the rich, powerful and solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess excellent length on the balanced finish. This is an impressive effort that should drink well young and aged. (10/2015)"