2020 Samuel Billaud Chablis Les Grands Terroir
While the origins of this domaine date back to Charles-Louis-Noel Billaud in 1815, it's the current generation winemaker Samuel Billaud that has made waves with the exceptional quality of his wines produced since the creation of this project in 2009. Following the sale of the family business Domaine Billaud-Simon to Faiveley in 2014, Samuel received further prized parcels of land and now makes wines from five of the grand cru vineyards, and five of the top premier cru vineyards. The wines are vinified in a mixture of stainless steel and large old wood barrels, the latter mainly for the premier and grand cru wines.
An elegant, admirably pure and airy nose freely offers up its aromas of green apple, lemon rind, oyster shell and iodine. There is again fine energy and detail to the equally saliva-inducing medium weight flavors that flash plenty of salinity on the complex, long and balanced finale. This too is excellent for its level. Drink 2025+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2020 Chablis "Grands Terroirs," from Les Pargues, Bas de Chapolot and Les Carts, is very primal on the nose, offering grapefruit, yellow flowers and a light flinty scent. The taut palate is vibrant and fresh with a fine bead of acidity. It gains weight with aeration and delivers a fresh, sea-spray-tinged finish. Just add your favorite seafood. Drink 2023 - 2033.
Neal Martin - Vinous