Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2018
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 editWhite 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.
- Appellation: Chablis
- Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Kimmeridgian
- Vineyard Acreage: .25 acres
- Avg Vine Age: 35+ years
- Yield: textinput
- Alcohol: 13%
- Ttl Acidity: textinput
- Residual Sugar: textinput
- Avg Production: 17,000 bottles
- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Recent News edit
The Wine Advocate Rating: 90
Author: William Kelley
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume has turned out nicely, mingling aromas of buttered orchard fruit with hints of citrus blossom and fresh peach. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's bright and succulent, with a pretty core of fruit and a saline finish."
Author: Antonio Galloni
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis Fourchaume 1er Cru (all from Vaupulent) is bright and punchy, with a good deal of energy and overall vibrancy. Apricot, lemon confit, exotic flowers and light tropical notes run through this generous, radiant Chablis. Here, too, the richness of the year is evident, but there is a good bit of freshness as well. This is nicely done and promising."