Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 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 Preuses covers 11.5 hectares sitting with an inlcined south/southeast exposure bordering Vaudésir to the east and Bougros to the west. 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 editLight yellow with a golden core. The nose is rich yet delicate and dominated by mineral, creamy, floral, honeyed notes and dried fruits. The attack is precise followed by a powerful and distinctive mid-palate that reveals its clay-limestone terroir. Citrus notes blend with mineral and iodised flavors in this remarkable wine from an exceptional terroir.
- Appellation: Chablis
- Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Kimmeridgian
- Vineyard Acreage: 12ha total
- Avg Vine Age: 60+ years
- Yield: textinput
- Alcohol: 13%
- Ttl Acidity: textinput
- Residual Sugar: textinput
- Avg Production: 16,000 bottles
- Sizes Available: 750ml, 1.5L
- Pack Size: 6/750ml, 3/1.5L
- Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Recent News edit
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 96
Author: Anne Krebiehl
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
"Lemon, lemon flower and white summer blossom are like a gentle caress on this wine's nose. The palate has the same buffered gentleness and soft aroma, with a concentrated midpalate that reveals texture and riper, juicier stone fruit. A smooth finish offers long, lemon freshness. Drink by 2035."
The Wine Advocate Rating: 90
Author: William Kelley
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses opens in the glass with aromas of fresh peach, citrus oil and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, round and charming, with ripe acids and a fleshy core of fruit, it's open-knit and elegant."
Author: Antonio Galloni
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
"The 2018 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru is bright, intensely mineral and light on its feet. In 2018, the Preuses is especially airy, with a real sense of refinement coursing through its veins. White flowers, crushed rocks, white pepper, grapefruit and vibrant saline notes confer energy as the 2018 builds into an explosive, mineral finish. This is super, super promising."