2016 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"

SKU #1404862 92 points James Suckling

 Impressive white peaches, nectarines and chalky, oyster-shell minerals. The palate’s very crisp and elegant with power. White peaches and peach kernel flavors. Long and fresh. Drink or hold.  (8/2018)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light-medium yellow. Fresh apricot and yellow peach aromas are accented by ginger, white pepper and herbs. Suave, brisk and minerally, showing lovely inner-mouth floral lift, not to mention a complementary touch of oak. Nicely dry and spicy, and well-delineated, but in an essentially round, easygoing style and a bit less saline than the Fourchaume. These old vines produced a healthy crop of 50 hectoliters per hectare in 2016, according to Bailly.  (8/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More elegant and open-knit than the Tête d'Or bottling, the 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons offers up notes of Meyer lemon, fresh peach and spring flowers. On the palate, it's delicate, medium-bodied and stony, in an easygoing, charming style. (WK)  (8/2018)


 The 2016 Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru has a focused, quite lively bouquet with chalk dust mixed with green apple and a touch of spice. The palate is well balanced with a smooth entry, faint hints of tropical fruit percolating through – passion fruit and dried pineapple, the finish nicely rounded if just missing the tension that a cooler growing season might have bestowed. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. (NM)  (8/2018)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.