Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2018
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 Details editA 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
- Yield: textinput
- Alcohol: 13%
- Ttl Acidity: textinput
- Residual Sugar: textinput
- Avg Production: 1,900 bottles
- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Recent News edit
The Wine Advocate Rating: 92
Author: William Kelley
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos has turned out well, wafting from the glass with aromas of golden orchard fruit, citrus oil, dried white flowers and drawn butter. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, it's bright and lively, with a fleshy core of fruit, succulent acids and a delicate, mineral finish."
Author: Antonio Galloni
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is a real outlier in this range. There is plenty of richness and volume, but at present, the 2018 is completely dominated by oak. Perhaps time will help, but for now, the Clos is really quite awkward, especially next to the other wines in the range."