GIFT ~ Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2013

GIFT ~ Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2013
£28.50 / bottle£324.90 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: France
Grapes: Chardonnay
Region: Burgundy
Style: Crisp Light Whites
Wine Types: White Wines
Wine Types: Wine Gifts / 1 bottle wine packs
Drink: Now to 2022
ABV: 13%

Tasting Notes

Please note this is a one-bottle gift pack (price includes postage & packaging).

If you like unoaked Chardonnay, this is one for you; it 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 2103 is no exception; in fact it achieved better scores than the 2012 though neither was the easiest of vintages. Although categorised as crisp, light white, it has a medium body and is developing butteriness so verging on a rich, creamy white.

Apple and citrus fruits, lemon oil plus minerality and floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, a typical and really good Premier Cru Chablis. There is a refreshing acidity combined with a smooth texture. Delicious on its own or with food. This is very drinkable now and will develop further richness over the next five years.

Food Pairing

Recommended for drinking with oysters, other shellfish and fish generally, foie gras, chicken, fruit-based desserts.

Producer's Notes

"Appearance: Very pretty golden yellow in colour shaded with gentle pale green. Bright, luminous and limpid.
The Nose: The nose is exuberant and silky, a harmony of a thousand flowers, a thousand fruit, a thousand scents and a thousand frivolities, with happy laughter too, everything perfectly arranged like a beautiful bouquet.
Palate: The taste is part of the pleasure which is instantaneous. Perfect harmony between citrus vivacity and gentle mellowness. We are charmed by its pure pleasure. On the finish, a discreet touch of seashell-mineral blends gently with the whole and brings out the richness of the floral and fruit aromas."


89 points    Neal Martin, eRobertParker    Aug 2014
"Due to be bottled in September, the debut 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes sees no wood contact. It has a potent lemon thyme-scented bouquet that races out of the blocks. There is no messing about here. You want Chablis? You got Chablis. The palate is crisp and fresh with lovely lime and piercing citrus notes, crisp acidity and a taut, linear finish. Very fine and with a class that only might need time to be realized."

17 points    Jancis Robinson        Jan 2015
"Appetising, oyster-shell nose with just enough pineapple to flesh it out. Pure, balanced and classical."

89-91 points     Vinous     Aug 2014
"The 2013 Chablis Vaillons is quite pretty. Hints of tropical-infused fruit resonate throughout in an expressive, pliant Chablis with plenty of personality. This is a surprisingly dense, rich Vaillons, but all the elements are in balance."

As Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate writes "...You want Chablis? You got Chablis....".  This is a lovely unoaked Chardonnay displaying apple and citrus fruits, minerality and floral notes; developing butteriness and a medium body yet crisp.  Fantastic Premier Cru Chablis which drinks well now and will evolve in the bottle for several years yet

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