Billaud’s domaine includes this parcel of clay-limestone Portlandian marls on the hill above the grand cru Les Clos. Vinified in stainless steel, it’s a refreshing Chablis with an electric buzz of green-apple acidity. It grows increasingly round and lush with air, incorporating the initially brash acidity into vibrant freshness.
Samuel Billaud's Petit Chablis is better than a lot of producers' Chablis, such is the quality of the winemaking at this comparatively new domaine. Sourced from old vines on the plateau above Les Clos, this unoaked white is scented, spicy and stony with good texture and classic oyster shell notes. Great if you're on a budget. (TA)
A fresh citrus-inflected nose reveals enough Chablis character to be interesting. The vibrant, even racy, middle weight flavors possess better depth and precision on the delicious and lightly stony finish. The warmth of the vintage is evident yet this remains refreshing. *Outstanding*
The 2018 Petit Chablis from Samuel Billaud is a good follow-up to the strong 2017 version. The wine offers lovely depth and brightness on the nose, wafting from the glass in a mix of pear, green apple, flinty minerality and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely ripe at the core, with good focus and grip, sound framing acids and sneaky length on the well-balanced finish. This is not overly complex, but it is pleasingly plump in the mid-palate and tasty. 2020-2025.
Exhibiting pretty aromas of crisp green apple, citrus zest and fresh white peach, the 2018 Petit Chablis is medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive, with a charming core of fruit, racy acids and a penetrating finish. Seamless and expressive, this is an immensely appealing wine that comes warmly recommended. (WK)
Billaud's 2018 Petit Chablis offers lovely depth and textural richness at this level, all while maintaining a good bit of freshness as well. Lemon confit and lifted floral notes add a good bit of energy. I very much like the wine's tension and verve, both of which are unusual in 2018. (AG)
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