Here there is better Chablis character and even a hint of mineral reduction to the green apple, citrus and tidal pool-scented nose. There is impressive richness to the solidly intense medium-bodied flavors that offer good salinity on the equally clean and dry finale. This isn't an elegant wine but it's delicious and one that should also be accessible young.
The 2015 Chablis Villages, which comes from vines located just to the north of Fye, has a rather reduced bouquet that lacks the freshness and delineation of its peers. The palate is lively on the entry but then it is missing complexity and mineralité, with a rather conservative finish. Give this 12 months in bottle for that reduction to sort itself and don't be afraid for a short decant. 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)
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of pear, yellow peach, spices and dusty herbs, plus a hint of banana. Nicely concentrated and distinctly dry, finishing with a note of licorice and some alcoholic warmth. (I enjoyed the candied lemon and lime peel and high-toned ginger aromas of the just-bottled Petit Chablis but found it atypically big for its category and a touch aggressive and alcoholic.) (ST)
Offers atypical flavors of lemon, basil and peppery greens. This white stays compact and moderately long. Drink now.
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