Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2018

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 Tonnerre is a 30 hectare vineyard just southeast of the Grand Crus and enjoys the same south/southeast exposure as Les Clos. Soils here well drained and are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone).

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

Beautiful white gold hue with green reflections. This 1er cru is highly aromatic with mineral notes and spice. The taut palate is softened by its rich and oily texture. It offers the perfect balance between strength, freshness, minerality, fruit and ripeness. An elegant, complex and harmonious wine.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 30ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 45+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 12,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml, 1.5l
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 12/375ml, 3/1.5l
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
    "Notes of citrus oil, crisp green apple, fresh peach and oyster shell introduce the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive wine that's tightly wound after its recent bottling. Bottled under Diam like all of these 2018s, it will reward some bottle age."
    Grade: 90+ points
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
    Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
    "Aromatic notes of Conference pear are vivid on the nose of this wine. The palate adds zestiness, suggesting white citrus pith on the midpalate that channels the fruity abundance and gives tension and texture, scented with lemon freshness. The finish is dry, bright and refreshing, with a lovely smidgeon of that Chablis chalkiness."
  • Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
    "The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru is precise and nuanced, with all of the energy that is such a signature of this site. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and crushed rocks all run through a finely cut Chablis that offers terrific nuance as well as class. This is one of the highlights in the range."
    Grade: 92-94 points

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