Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 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: 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, 1.5L
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml, 3/1.5L
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 96 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
    Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
    "Toasty, nutty richness lays itself like a warming blanket over this wine's nose, but underneath some ripe, lemon-edged stonefruit peeps through promisingly. The palate is still dominated by that toasty sheen, but it is only a question of time before the vivid, concentrated fruit integrates this, making the wine more of a unit. It has rich texture, lovely depth, generous fruit and ripe freshness. Drink 2025–2040."
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
    "Satiny and charming, the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir wafts from the glass with notes of peach, citrus oil and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly textural, it's bright and lively, with a nicely defined finish."

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