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Since the 2013 vintage Domaine Billaud-Simon has been bought by respected Burgundy producer, Maison Faiveley; it is good to see that they have made little change to this consistently good wine.If you like unoaked Chardonnay, this is for you. Les Vaillons is one of my "go-to" wines when I can't decide which bottle to open because it is consistently good year on year. And 2017 is no exception. Previous vintages have been much loved by Wines With Attitude ® customers and described in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate as "...about as good as you will find...".
Recommended for drinking with oysters, other shellfish and fish generally, foie gras, chicken, fruit-based desserts.
Tasting: Bright, clear hue with attractive golden tinges. This 1er Cru offers remarkable aromatic complexity with aromas of ripe citrus and white flowers. The palate is round and seductive with a lively attack. Excellent length and a refined aromatic persistency combining fruity notes and a delicate acidity. Pleasant sensation of freshness."
90 - 92 points RobertParker.com Aug 2018
Also a tank sample "Notes of lemongrass, lime and white flowers mingle in an as yet unformed bouquet, introducing the 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons, a bright, elegantly glossy wine with a medium-bodied, well-defined palate, concluding with good length on the finish. Again, this was quite tight-knit and primary when I tasted it, but it's promising.
Since Faively's purchase of Domaine Billaud-Simon in 2014, régisseur Olivier Bailly has been refining a subtly brighter, more tensile style, with somewhat earlier harvests and a decreased percentage of new oak for certain cuvées. Domaine Billaud-Simon was always a good producer, but today the wines are more consistent and more aesthetically coherent. I was impressed by what I tasted in both the challenging 2016 vintage and the easier, more classic 2017 vintage. Note, however, that long sur lie élevage makes this one of several addresses where the rhythm of the wines' evolution is out of sync with The Wine Advocate editorial calendar: many of the 2017s I tasted from barrel in tank were still backward and as yet unformed, as my notes make clear. If I succeed in making a flying visit to Chablis later this year, this will be one of the addresses on my short list of domaines to revisit."