The 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Fourneaux has turned out beautifully, wafting from the glass with notes of citrus oil, fresh peach, beeswax and subtle hints of oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, it's bright and precise, with a nicely concentrated core of fruit, racy acids and a long, penetrating finish. (WK)
The 2018 Chablis Les Fourneaux 1er Cru comes from 1.25ha of 35-year-old vines and sees 12–18 months on the fine lees. It has a rich, extravagant bouquet of dried honey, cumin, fern and orange pith aromas. The palate is well balanced with a malic opening, dovetailing into a more typical 2018 midpalate, quite spicy with a detailed and linear finish. Good build here. A Fourneaux that finishes on a high note. (NM)
A notably ripe yet still agreeably fresh nose combines notes of mineral reduction and white orchard fruit with those of acacia and citrus. Yet again there is excellent power and volume to the energetic flavors that, atypically, are actually finer than those of the Vaillons. There is a touch of backend warmth but overall, this tension-filled effort is really quite promising.
The 2018 Chablis “les Fourneaux” from Domaine Samuel Billaud has a fine girdle of acidity for the vintage and I like the backend tension on this wine. The bouquet offers up a youthful blend of pear, apple, a bit of lemon peel, straw, dried flowers, a hint of oak and a good base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and still fairly primary in personality, with a lovely core, good mineral undertow and grip and a long, zesty finish. There is good complexity here, but the wine is a bit buttoned up behind its youthful structure right now and really deserves a year or two in the cellar to settle in and blossom. All of the constituent components are here for a lovely bottle, but show it just a bit of patience! 2022-2040+.
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