Unlike Monsieur Billaud’s bottling of les Preuses, his les Clos is entirely barrelfermented and aged three year-old in four hundred and fifty liter demi-muids (the les Preuses is partially fermented in stainless steel before receiving a similar elevage). The 2018 les Clos delivers a refined bouquet of lemon, pear, apple, flinty minerality, a nice touch of oyster shell, paraffin, acacia blossoms and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and beautifully endowed at the core, with good ripe fruit, excellent acidity and grip, lovely focus and a long, vibrant and very well-balanced finish. This is a first class example of les Clos! It is not quite as racy as the 2018 les Preuses, but it has outstanding depth and backend palate authority. 2022-2055.
The 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos has turned out very nicely, unwinding in the glass with aromas of ripe orchard fruits, citrus oil, freshly baked bread, dried white flowers and beeswax. Full-bodied, deep and layered, it's textural and multidimensional, with fine depth at the core, ripe but racy acids and a long, saline finish. (WK)
The 2018 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru is one of the best expressions of this noble vineyard in this vintage. Limpid argent in hue, it has a taut, fresh, flinty bouquet that you might misconstrue as coming from a cooler growing season, a testament to Billaud’s winemaking skill. The palate is likewise underpinned by a fine line of acidity that keeps this Les Clos poised, refreshing and revivifyingly saline. There is just a light sour lemon note mixed with a tang of ginger on the finish, completing a very fine Les Clos that comes highly recommended. (NM)
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