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  • Samuel Billaud is among the ten most talented Chablis producers with a stunning range of wines available
  • His style is somewhat a mix of the highly mineral Dauvissat wines and the somewhat richer Raveneau
  • This producer owns several key parcels of land with an enviable number of old vines
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Pale-Straw
Nose It has a classic Chablis bouquet with a potent sea influence, oyster shells and cockles, and a whiff of kelp.
Palate The palate is beautifully balanced with a crisp line of acidity, very harmonious and elegant, the 20% barrel maturation just lending a little more weight to the finish.
Food Pairing An excellent match for seafood or fish.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes The 2017 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru comes from three parcels of 35, 60 and 80-year old vines in different parts of the vineyard that crop at just 25hl/ha.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region Chablis
Country France
Sustainability Sustainable
Alcohol 12.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Domaine Samuel Billaud is located in the well-established Chablis region in the far north of Burgundy and, since its foundation in 2009, has been on the watch list of every serious Chablis fan. Why? Because Samuel is producing wine of extreme finesse, showcasing the best of what Chablis has to offer. He knows the region inside out and has an intimate understanding of its signature style.
Chablis
Located in the northern region of Burgundy in France, only a two hour drive southeast from Paris, Chablis is a wine region covering an area of approximately 2,225 hectares.

Like most of France’s oldest wine regions, the Romans were the first to have planted grape vines in Chablis and during the middle ages the Catholic Church too played a big role in building commercial interest in wines from the area. It is believed that chardonnay was first planted in the 12th century and spread throughout the rest of Burgundy from there. Chablis was annexed as a part of Burgundy by the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century.

The famous grape vines of Chablis are mostly made up of chardonnay and because of the cool climate of the area, the wines produced here are usually more acidic and less fruity than those made in warmer climates. The result gives the flinty, dry white wines aromas comprising of nuts, vanilla, butter, lemon, and pear. Unlike most of the other Burgundian white wines which are fermented in a barrel, Chablis wine makers rarely use this method of fermentation in order to keep the oaky flavors at bay. The Chablis vineyards are classified into 4 tiers of quality listed from high to low: Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis and finally Petit Chablis. The wines of Chablis generally see less oak than their Burgundian counterparts and in many cases are fermented in stainless steel.
92-94
points
Neil Martin
The 2017 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru comes from three parcels of 35, 60 and 80-year old vines in different parts of the vineyard that crop at just 25hl/ha. It has a classic Chablis bouquet with a potent sea influence, oyster shells and cockles, and a whiff of kelp. The palate is beautifully balanced with a crisp line of acidity, very harmonious and elegant, the 20% barrel maturation just lending a little more weight to the finish. Superb.
90-92
points
Allan Meadows
(from a .58 ha holding). Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose. Otherwise here too the mouth feel is unusually sleek for a Mont de Milieu with solid volume and mid-palate density, all wrapped in a mineral-driven, powerful and tension-filled finish that goes on and on. This youthfully austere effort will require at least some patience and should reward up to a decade of keeping. Sweet Spot.

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