The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons has a clean, precise, chalky bouquet with hints of shucked oyster shells coming through with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. I appreciate the precision and mineralité here, a touch of flint lending edginess and tension all the way through to the finish. This is a really superb effort from Billaud-Simon. Now owned by Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon continues to produce high quality Chablis from their winery on the banks of the River Serein, next door to Duplessis. The man at the helm here is Olivier Bailly. Their 2015 Chablis Vaillons is an absolute knockout, although to be frank, I was expecting more breeding from their les Blanchots.(NM)
This is very different from the Fourchaume with its spicy and intensely floral nose that is more elegant if not quite as complex. There is slightly less volume but more precision to the round and supple middle weight flavors that tighten up on the delicious and lingering finish. Like most of these 2015s, this too should drink well on the younger side.
Apple, pear and lanolin notes mark this open white. Picks up a slight chalky sensation on the finish. Delivers intensity and length, with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Drink now through 2021.
Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh yellow fruits, ginger and a whiff of oyster shell on the nose. Not as opulent in the mouth as the nose suggests but still possesses the thickness of the vintage. Some spicy lift energizes the mid-palate. The rising, lingering finish shows a hint of youthful bitterness, but the touch of oak (about 10%) is nicely integrated.(ST)
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