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Domaine Samuel Billaud - Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2017

Domaine Samuel Billaud - Chablis Grand Cru "Les Preuses" 2017

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This Grand Cru Les Preuses is very fine and incredibly complex.

Samuel Billaud is considered to be one of the select few outstanding producers in Chablis. Testament to this is Samuel’s ability to bring out the unique characteristics of each of his fantastic terroirs. His wines have a distinctive elegance, balance and complexity that is seldom achieved with such precision. The plot of Grand Cru Les Preuses is 50+ years old.

This wine displays a very fine nose of white flower, citrus zest, grapefruit and that textbook minerality as well as undertones of wet stones. The palate is sharp, delicate and very feminine. Finally, there is a lingering finish with some spice to it. It will pair well with seafood, lobster and roasted poultry. You can drink it now by decanting it for 45 minutes before serving or cellar it up until 2026+. 100% Chardonnay.

"The yields were very low for the Grand Cru Les Preuses (35 hectolitres per hectare). It brings a magnificent weight and concentration on the palate but without missing the elegant, gentle touch of this climat. It is impressively complex. I can’t recommend this wine enough."

At Domaine Samuel Billaud the grapes are harvested by both hand and machine for the Petit Chablis and Chablis and only by hand for the 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. In the vineyard, the yields are managed strictly to accentuate the concentration of the grapes. The harvest date is of vital importance in this regard and Samuel chooses the date without any compromise. As a result it can sometimes take up to four weeks to harvest his plots. This ensures that every plot is at optimal ripeness. Once picked, the grapes are quickly brought to the winery and pressed in the pneumatic press. Then the juice undergoes its alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation partly in small stainless steel tanks and 400 litres barrels. Finally, the wines are matured for 12 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks.

What we say

"The yields were very low for the Grand Cru Les Preuses (35 hectolitres per hectare). It brings a magnificent weight and concentration on the palate but without missing the elegant, gentle touch of this climat. It is impressively complex. I can’t recommend this wine enough."

Technical notes

At Domaine Samuel Billaud the grapes are harvested by both hand and machine for the Petit Chablis and Chablis and only by hand for the 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. In the vineyard, the yields are managed strictly to accentuate the concentration of the grapes. The harvest date is of vital importance in this regard and Samuel chooses the date without any compromise. As a result it can sometimes take up to four weeks to harvest his plots. This ensures that every plot is at optimal ripeness. Once picked, the grapes are quickly brought to the winery and pressed in the pneumatic press. Then the juice undergoes its alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation partly in small stainless steel tanks and 400 litres barrels. Finally, the wines are matured for 12 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks.