Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2016

Domaine Billaud-Simon

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: 1er Cru Montée de Mileu is a 34 hectare vineyard just southeast of the Grand Crus and enjoys a similar south/southeast exposure as Blanchot. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone). This wine is sourced from a single 2.75 hectare parcel.

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.

Additional Information

Bright and clear with delicate green reflections. This highly aromatic 1er Cru offers ripe citrus fruits and white flowers. The palate is well-rounded with remarkably persistent aromas.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 2.75ha parcel
  • Avg Vine Age: 50+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 16,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml, 1.5l
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 12/375ml, 3/1.5l
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
    "Lemon and apple flavors are tightly wound in this austere white, defined by a bracing structure. The finish is moderately long. Drink now through 2022."
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
    (one ft, the rest in cuve): Full medium yellow. Higher-pitched on the nose than the foregoing samples, offering scents of peach, pear, ginger and minerals. Then richer and more opulent than the Vaillons in the mouth, but conveying a light touch in spite of its volume thanks to its mineral and white pepper lift (the soil here is shallower). A bit less saline than the Fourchaume and Vaillons.
    Grade: 88-91 Points
  • Score: 91 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
    "(from 4 different parcels of 35+ year old vines). Like the Fourchaume the aromatic profile is fairly exotic with its array of honey, orange peel, white peach and soft wood notes. There is notably more volume and midpalate density to the seductive, even opulently textured flavors that coat the palate with sap on the caressing finish where the balance is saved by a moderately acidic spine."

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