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Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 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: The name of this vineyard originates from its geographical location, situated at the foot of the ‘Bougros’ hillside. The Serein river runs just a few meters from here and was often flooded in the past. For this reason, the pathway led along ‘la pierreuse’, just before ‘boquereau’ and became ‘Bougros’ over time meaning ‘a narrow pathway next to the water’s edge’ (Bouque in old French means ‘narrowing’). Grand Cru Bougros is a 12 hectare vineyard on the lower slopes of the hillside, adjacent to Preuses. Soils here are made up primarily kimmeridgian (clay and limestone), but are slightly heavier in clay compared to the other grand crus.

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 15-18 months in a majority of stainless steel tank, but with a small percentage spending time in French oak to add complexity and richness. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn.

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Technical Details
  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: textinput
  • Avg Vine Age: 50+ years
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent News edit

Wine Spectator Rating: 91

Author: Bruce Sanderson

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Rich, driven by lemon aromas and flavors, with a supporting cast of apple and honey notes. Firms up on the finish, where a light stony element emerges. Drink now through 2023.


Author: Stephen Tanzer

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

(from purchased grapes; done entirely in cuve): Medium yellow with a faint green tinge. Aromas of white peach, white pepper, herbs and spices. Not more intense than the Monte de Tonnerre but in a fruitier, less saline style, conveying lovely sucrosit and an impression of honeyed ripeness. This very rich wine finishes slightly dusty and unrefined, still a bit youthfully disjointed owing in part to the high level of CO2. Plenty of material here but a bit sweet for my taste.


Author: Allen Meadows

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Somewhat surprisingly, this possesses better Chablis typicity than the Montée de Tonnerre with its iodine, oyster shell, lemon rind and ripe pear aromas. There is excellent richness and concentration to the broad-shouldered flavors that exhibit plenty of power and muscle on the lemon and saline-inflected finale. This is a solid if not truly special effort in the context of the appellation and vintage. Note that at least some patience will be required."