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Exceptional 15s arrival from Yvon Clerget and Samuel Billaud

Exceptional 15s arrival from Yvon Clerget and Samuel Billaud

It’s a real event when the new vintage from our producers arrives here in Australia!

Today, it is even more exciting as we welcome a new Domaine to our selection: Domaine Yvon Clerget under the guidance of the talented Thibaud Clerget.

With roots in the village of Volnay dating back to the XIII century, the Clerget family has had the luxury of time to help select their vineyard plots from generation to generation. Over the last five years, the Domaine was somewhat dormant as the grapes were sold to wine merchants. Today, it comprises six hectares of the finest Volnay land as well as that of Meursault, Pommard and Clos Vougeot. Thibaud Clerget has taken over the Domaine and, at the age of 24, has begun the rejuvenation of one of the great Burgundian estates. His wines are delicate, vibrant and show their tremendous pedigree.

The range is admirable, composed of lots of top 1er crus from Volnay and an exciting Meursault “Les Chevalières”:

REDS

  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir – “Les Longbois and Les Durots” – 35 Ares
  • Volnay – “Les Petits Gamets and En Echards” – 1.09 hectare
  • Volnay 1er cru “Les Santenots” – 68 ares
  • Volnay 1er cru “Carelle sous la Chapelle” – 65 ares
  • Volnay 1er cru “Clos du Verseuil” – Monopole – 68 ares
  • Volnay 1er cru “En Champans” – 5 ares
  • Volnay 1er cru “Les Caillerets” – 47 ares
  • Pommard 1er cru “Les Rugiens” – 85 ares
  • Clos Vougeot Grand Cru – Grand Maupertui – 32 ares

WHITES

  • Meursault “Les Chevalières” – 37 ares

Clos Cachet is honoured and delighted to be exclusively importing and distributing these gorgeous wines in Australia. This is a great opportunity to have an allocation so please get in touch with us quickly to discuss.

You can find the full profile of the Domaine here.

What the critics say:

Winehog – Steen Ohman.

Thibaud Clerget starts out with the 2015 vintage … and while it is a great vintage – in some sense it is also a difficult first vintage – as Thibaud like other wine makers have to find and calibrate his own style. I think he has done a tremendous job and I cant wait to see how the estate will unfold in other more classic vintages.

The 2015s from Domaine Y. Clerget:

The 2015s from Thibaud are quite classic style wise with a fine focus, transparency and purity … very well made indeed with a refined and elegant expression.

SAMUEL BILLAUD – CHABLIS

We are also receiving a the 2015s from Samuel Billaud which is showing wonderful expression from what was a solar vintage. It is the first vintage where Samuel had full control of his vineyards and the ability to make the wines in his brand new winery. The wines are approchable, young and demonstrative yet precise and full of chablis character and tension. An exceptional vintage in my opinion.

The range is stellar:

  • Petit Chablis
  • Chablis
  • Chablis 1er cru “Mont de Milieu”
  • Chablis 1er cru “Séchet”
  • Chablis 1er cru “Montée de Tonnerre”
  • Chablis Grand Cru “Vaudésir”
  • Chablis Grand Cru “Les Preuses”
  • Chablis Grand Cru “Les Clos”

What the critics say:

“We should see him…at the top of Chablis producers alongside…Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat.” – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 10/15/13

“These are well-crafted wines from a

talented winemaker with a great deal of experience. The nascent 2015s richer and more flamboyant, perhaps earlier drinking than the 2014s. Now that Samuel finally has a sense of permanence upon which he can build upon, literally, I think he can finally see the end of the tunnel after all the tumult in recent years. Look out for this domaine to become even more well known in the future.” – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 08/16

“Samuel Billaud moved his growing operation into a new winery in the center of Chablis in time to vinify the 2015s. In the new facility, Billaud only needs to pump his wines once, to prepare them for bottling; everything else is done by gravity. Billaud describes 2015 as “a very aromatic vintage, less minerally but more fruity than 2014.” The freshness, he explained, was due to the early harvest; while he admitted that the analytic acidity is not high (between 3.8 and 4.2 grams per liter, with pHs ranging widely, from 3.1 to as high as 3.6), he pointed out that the “taste of acidity” comes from the concentration of the wines. He had to deal with hail in Les Pargues, the bottom of Chapelot, Montée de Tonnerre, Les Clos and Blanchots and was forced to pick about five days earlier than he had originally planned, beginning on September 2. Still, he maintained, the ripeness was almost complete when the hail struck. But the rainiest areas that did not suffer from hail tended to make softer wines, he added. The yields in his premier cru vineyards averaged around 45 hectoliters per hectare, according to Billaud.” – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 07/16

You can find Samuel Billaud’s wines at the bottom of his profile page here.