The les Preuses bottling from Samuel Billaud hails from a parcel of seventy year-old vines. Part of the cuvée is barrel-fermented in older casks, the rest in stainless steel, and then everything is blended and raised for one year in three year-old, four hundred and fifty demimuids prior to bottling. The 2018 les Preuses delivers beautiful aromatic purity in its constellation of pear, apple, beeswax, a complex base of limestone minerality, white lilies and a touch of vanillin oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and racy, with a rock solid core of fruit, great mineral drive, lovely precision and cut and a long, complex and vibrant finish. This is still a young example of Preuses, but it is already delicious and this wine will face a serious threat of infanticide in most cellars, as it is going to be awfully difficult to keep one’s hands off of bottles! Still, I would try to give it at least a few years in the cellar and really let it stretch its wings! 2024-2060.
The 2018 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru, which comes from 60-year-old vines and spends 18 months on the fine lees, has a vibrant, energetic nose, presenting flint and smoke at first, then subtle dried white flowers soon after, but maintaining a sense of classicism at all times. The palate is very well balanced with peach and nectarine notes on the entry, razor-sharp acidity effortlessly counterbalancing the richness of this Les Preuses. It keeps its foot on the accelerator right to the end. An outstanding Les Preuses from Samuel Billaud. (NM)
Wafting from the glass with inviting aromas of orange oil, citrus blossom and nutmeg, the 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses is full-bodied, satiny and sensuous, with an enveloping core of fruit, racy acids and a long, mineral finish. This is another beautiful wine from Samuel Billaud, and it's already quite demonstrative. (WK)
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