Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis “Vaulorent” 1er Cru

Producer Information

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.

Vineyards

The name of this climat comes is derived from ‘Laurent’, the name of a landowner in this valley: ‘la vallée au Laurent’. ‘Vaulorent’ does not appear in the land registry. This Premier Cru is ofcially composed of the following lieux-dits: ‘Les Quatre Chemins’, ‘Les Couvertes’ and ‘La ferme de Couverte’. It is a sub-climat of ‘Fourchaume’ and could be considered as the 8th Grand Cru.

Total surface area: 155 ha in 1er Crus
Soils: Middle and upper Kimmeridgian. Alternate layers of limestone and Exogyra Virgula marls
Exposure: Right bank. South/South-East
Grape variety : Chardonnay

Winemaking

Hand harvested in order to preserve the quality of the fruit. The grapes are sorted manually on a vibrating sorting table in order to retain only the most healthy fruit. The grapes are drained naturally before being pressed using a pneumatic press in order to gently extract the juices and conserve as much aroma as possible. Static cold settling of the musts for 12 to 24 hours in stainless steel vats in order to obtain a bright, clear juice. Alcoholic fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation, both natural, in stainless steel vats. 14 to 16 months in stainless steel vats in order to preserve freshness and minerality. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in the end of Autumn.

Vintage Information

Another vintage affected badly by frosts in April, and as a result incredibly low yields. Cooler nights resulted in higher-than-usual acidity, with good conditions throughout the harvest season allowing for ripe, healthy fruit. Fruit was concentrated when harvested, which stared early at Billaud-Simon, and the balance between power and acidity is key with the 2017 vintage.

Tasting Note

Bright, clear hue with greenish reflections. The complex nose offers delicate aromas of fresh pear combined with toasty and smoky notes. The palate is well-structured with good freshness and a wonderful salinity. This wine’s distinctive minerality and lively character linger on the finish.

Food Pairing

Burgundian snails, Mussels, Crayfsh, Veal chops

Serving Suggestion

10°C to 12 °C

Chablis, France
100% Chardonnay
Cork
13%
2.95g/l
4.25
Yes
Yes

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