Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 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: Grand Cru Les Clos is the most famous of Chablis’ vineyards. The vineyard covers 26 hectares of relatively steep hillside with an exposure south/southeast. Domaine Billaud-Simon’s plot is approximately .4 hectares. 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

A distinguished wine with a deep yellow hue and green reflections. The delicate nose discloses mineral notes, honey, citrus and white fruits. The palate is powerful, dense and fleshy with a lively acidity. A saline edge and mineral notes linger on the finish.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: .4ha parcel
  • Avg Vine Age: 50+ years
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 1,900 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Rich and ample in the mouth, boasting lemon cake, apple and honey flavors. Offers decent cut buried in the flesh and a subtle ending that echoes the honey and lemon notes. Drink now through 2024.
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
    (aging in what Olivier Bailly described as 15-hectoliter stainless steel barrels; he noted that he was lucky to have purchased some small cuves for the 2016 harvest): Bright light-medium yellow. Knockout nose combines aromas of fresh apricot, musky ginger, crushed rock and scallop shell; no shortage of lift here! Very concentrated, dense, masculine wine with a touch of sweetness swallowed up by saline minerality (the acidity here is 4.4 grams per liter). Finishes powerful, tactile and very long, almost austere in spite of its hint of sweetness but not particularly phenolic. This is much less delicate than the Valmur and Vaudsir yet still wonderfully fine-grained and silky. The yield here was just 10 hectoliters per hectare due to frost, said Bailly, adding that this site hadn't frosted for decades.
    Grade: 93-95 Points
  • Score: 93 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    "(from a .44 ha parcel of vines planted in 1966). This arguably possesses the most Chablis typicity of any of these 2016s with its notably cool array of iodine, oyster shell, mineral reduction and lemon rind. The rich, concentrated and muscular flavors are big and bold yet somewhat finer than those of the Valmur, all wrapped in a saline, mineral-driven and sneaky long finish where the citrus element suggested by the nose reappears."

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