Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 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 Vaudésir covers 14.7 hectares of relatively steep hillside with an exposure south/southeast. Domaine Billaud-Simon’s plot is approximately .5 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

Bright and clear with a pale yellow hue and greenish glimmers. The complex nose reveals a delicate bouquet of white flowers, lime blossom, acacia, vanilla and honey. The palate is well-structured and perfectly balanced between smoothness and acidity.

  • Appellation: Chablis
  • Winemaker: Olivier Bailly
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Kimmeridgian
  • Vineyard Acreage: .5ha parcel
  • Avg Vine Age: 32+ years
  • Yield: 40hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Avg Production: 2,500 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
    "More energy on this Vaudésir. A fresh nose of honeysuckle, stones, lemons and peaches, leading to a succulent palate that pitches bracing taut acidity against fresh peaches. Cleansing acidity to close. Drink or hold."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Rich and densely textured, offering floral, white peach, apple and mineral aromas and flavors. Not so expressive today, yet balanced and long. Best from 2020 through 2025.
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
    (assembled in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Aromas of slightly exotic yellow fruits, spices and hazelnut, plus a whiff of banana and a toasty note. Silky-sweet and quite spicy in the mouth, with the exotic fruit flavors given a light touch by harmonious framing acidity. Most of these 2016s show excellent chewy concentration as well as a touch of salinity.
    Grade: 91-93 Points
  • Score: 93 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
    "(from a .71 ha parcel). Here the expressive nose is at once ripe and exotic yet quite fresh with its layered array of citrusy white and yellow orchard fruit compote laced with hints of mineral reduction and saline hints. There is exceptional richness to the notably rich and almost unctuous big-bodied flavors that possess a finer mouth feel as well as more evident minerality on the sappy, balanced and lingering finale."

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