A cool stoniness greets the nose, picking up peach and melon flavors before converging on the tangy, mouthwatering finish. Shows terrific harmony and length. Drink now through 2021.
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu has a taut and linear, mineral-driven bouquet with touches of smoke and flint developing in the glass. The palate is well defined with a fine bead of acidity and veins of mango and passion fruit that complement the edgy, mineral core, all segueing into a precise and very focused finish. This is a very well made and quite delicious Mont de Milieu. 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 Mont de Milieu with its mildly exotic and vaguely Viognier-like aromas that introduce big, rich and impressively scaled flavors that exhibit fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a softly mineral-inflected and saline finish that delivers both very solid depth and length.
Bright light yellow. Very ripe, deep yellow fruits dominate the nose. Fruit-driven and rather opulent--in fact, almost honeyed--but without quite the suavity and balance of the Vaillons. Not heavy but not showing much today. Finishes a bit more phenolic, with a slight dryness.(ST)
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