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Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2016


The Chablis wine region stretches along the Serein valley and across 19 communes. Chablis, known as the "Golden Gate of Burgundy", is dedicated to the production of a clear, aromatic, fresh white wine whose name is synonym of “minerality”.

Terroir: Sourced from a small .25 acre plot within the heart of Fourchaume. Exposure here is along the same south/southeast slope as the Grand Cru's just to the east. Soils are mainly kimmeridgian (clay and limestone) soils.

Vinification: Manual harvesting is carried out at optimum ripeness levels (between 12 and 13°). The grapes are pressed in our pneumatic press and the musts then undergo cold maceration for a 5 to 7 day period before being settled and vinified. The alcoholic fermentation lasts between 15 to 18 days at the Domaine. The malolactic fermentation is usually initiated in December. The wine is aged for around 14 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

Average Age of Vines: 34 years
Annual Production: 16,900 bottles

Additional Details edit

White gold color with delicate pale green reflections. The elegant nose offers intense fruit aromas. The attack is fresh and clean with mineral and citrus notes on the well-balanced palate. The finish is remarkably persistent. This intensely aromatic Chablis is a pure pleasure to drink.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: .25 acres
  • Avg Vine Age: 35+ years
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Residual Sugar: textinput
  • Avg Production: 17,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent News edit

Wine Spectator Rating: 90

Author: Bruce Sanderson

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sleek and focused, this offers lemon, apple and mineral flavors, wrapped in a harmonious frame. Lingers, echoing fruit and mineral details on the long finish. Drink now through 2023.


Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

(aging in small cuves; from Vaupulent): Bright light-medium yellow. Aromas of fresh apricot and smoke show a candied aspect and good lift. Suave, intense and saline on the palate, displaying very ripe yellow fruit flavors and more obvious earth tones than the village wines. Conveys a creamy texture that belies its 4.83 g/l acidity--not to mention its currently high level of CO2. Finishes spicy, saline and quite persistent. This wine is close to 13% alcohol with some chaptalization.


Author: Allen Meadows

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

"(from a .25 ha parcel in Vaupoulent). Here the nose is overtly exotic with notes of melon, white peach and honey along with barely enough Chablis character to be convincing. The textured, concentrated and powerful medium-bodied flavors possess good punch on the noticeably warm and slightly rustic finish. This could easily pass for a chardonnay from the Côte d’Or as it’s very heady."