Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 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: One of Chablis’ most famous Grand Crus, Les Blanchots is a 12 hectare vineyard sitting directly east of Les Clos with a more easterly/ slightly southeast exposure. The hillside here is steep and soils are 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

Bright and clear with a golden-green hue and attractive sheen. The refined and delicate nose discloses floral notes such as acacia and lime blossom and a touch of citrus fruit. The palate is dense, round and rich with an aromatic bouquet characterized by toasty notes and dried fruits. The finish is long, taut and very mineral.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: 12ha total
  • Avg Vine Age: 45+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 950 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
    "The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots is showing well, opening in the glass with notions of fresh peach, green apple and spring blossom. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, it's deep and nicely concentrated, with chalky structuring extract and a mineral finish. This is always one of the domaine's smallest cuvées."
  • Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
    "The 2018 Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru is powerful but also incredibly reticent, especially within the context of the year. Intense citrus, floral and mineral notes run through this potent, almost virile Chablis. Bright and punchy with terrific depth, the 2018 is going to need a number of years to be at its best. It is far from an easygoing wine in this vintage - that much is clear."
    Grade: 93-95 points

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