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Domaine Samuel Billaud - Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir" 2017

Domaine Samuel Billaud - Chablis Grand Cru "Vaudésir" 2017

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This Grand Cru Vaudésir has a vibrant complexity and a great volume.

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 two plots of Grand Cru Vaudésir are located in the southwest side of Chablis, which is colder than the southeastern side. This results in the grapes ripening earlier. By blending the two plots, Samuel is adding complexity to the wine.

It displays a strong nose of citrus, orange rind, zest and plenty of minerality and iodine. The palate is sharp, dense with a plethora of aromas and a lingering finish. It will pair well with seafood, lobster and parsley and garlic snails. You can drink it now by decanting it for 45 minutes before serving or cellar it up until 2026+. 100% Chardonnay.

"The Grand Cru Vaudésir is showing its youth and energy right now. It is powerful, really fine and pleasurable. The Vaudésir usually is richer but Samuel’s blend of differently located vineyards proves to be bringing extra freshness to it. It is superb Grand Cru."

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 Grand Cru Vaudésir is showing its youth and energy right now. It is powerful, really fine and pleasurable. The Vaudésir usually is richer but Samuel’s blend of differently located vineyards proves to be bringing extra freshness to it. It is superb Grand Cru."

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.