2020 Samuel Billaud Petit Chablis
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.
A touch of mineral reduction suffuses the aromas of citrus and green fruit. The racy, intense and dense middle weight flavors possess a wonderfully clean mouthfeel before culminating in a saliva-inducing, bone-dry and impressively long finish. This is a very fine example of the genre and worth checking out. Drink 2023+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Due to be bottled in September 2021 and not racked, the 2020 Petit Chablis Sur Les Clos has a gentle, undergrowth-tinged bouquet that unfolds nicely in the glass. The palate is fresh, zesty and nicely poised, with a precise, citrus-fresh finish. A very capable Petit Chablis. Drink 2021 - 2025.
Neal Martin - Vinous