Domaine Billaud-Simon is renowned for producing some of the best wines in Chablis, long recognised for their steely, mineral style. Domaine Billaud Simon owns 20 hectares of vineyards in some of the best areas in Chablis. Most of the domaine’s wines see no oak at all, apart from the Premier Cru Mont de Milieu which is 40% vinified in oak and the Grand Cru Les Blanchots, which is 100% vinified in oak.
For over 10 years, this prestige cuvée has been produced from the Domaine’s very best parcels planted in the village appellation. They are situated next to the Premiers and Grands Crus. In order to emphasize the care taken when producing this wine, we have created a special packaging for the fagship of the Domaine.
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Exposure: Right Bank. South – South/East
Average age of the vines: 28 years
The grapes are harvested by hand in order to preserve their quality and keep them intact. They are then pressed using a pneumatic press in order to extract juices that are rich in aromas. The musts are then settled at cold temperatures during one night before being vinified in stainless steel vats in order to preserve their clarity and brightness. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are left to take place naturally. The wine is then aged for 12 months with a short period spent in French oak barrels for around 20% of the cuvée, as is the case for our Grands Crus, in order to impart complexity and richness.
December and January were very rainy, followed by a relatively dry month of February. Rainfall was higher than average in March. Bud burst took place later than usual (24 April) and spring was mild and dry apart from the nights of the 1st and 2nd of May where frosts threatened – luckily this vintage was spared the impact of previous years. The flowering phase began on the 1st of June and took place in good conditions thanks to the warm, dry weather which continued throughout summer. The vine did not suffer from the lack of water owing to high rainfall in the month of March. The harvests took place in excellent conditions thanks to the beautiful weather. The 2018 is an exceptionally concentrated vintage. The young wines are already very promising and showing the signs of having excellent ageing potential.
Beautiful white gold hue and delicate pale green refections. The nose discloses aromas of citrus and white fowers. The palate is rich, smooth and opulent with the perfect balance between a smooth texture, lively acidity, discreet minerality and fruit.
Baked fsh parcels, grilled sole, roasted cod loin.
10°C to 12 °C