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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 Aromas of sea shore, algae, lemon rind and a whiff of iodine
Palate The palate is very well balanced with a twist of bitter lemon on the entry, focused and full of tension with a brisk, quite intense citrus finish that feels very persistent.
Food Pairing An excellent match for seafood or fish.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes The 2017 Chablis Séchet 1er Cru comes from 70-year old vines that sees no wood contact. From a 0.60 Hectare holding owned by Samuel
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 Séchet 1er Cru comes from 70-year old vines that sees no wood contact. It has a classic Chablis nose of flint and smoke though, it takes a little coaxing from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a twist of bitter lemon on the entry, focused and full of tension with a brisk, quite intense citrus finish that feels very persistent. This has great potential
90-93
points
Allan Meadows
SWEET SPOT. This too offers good Chablis character to the aromas of sea shore, algae, lemon rind and a whiff of iodine that is picked up by the intense and beautifully delineated middle weight flavors that flash equally good minerality on the bone dry finish. This won’t wow you with its finesse but it is very good and clearly built to reward mid-term keeping.

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