2021 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru
Like several of these 2021s post-bottling, there is sufficient reduction and wood influence to push the underlying fruit to the background for now. Otherwise, the sleek, intense and beautifully textured medium-bodied flavors possess a succulent mid-palate that contrasts somewhat with the slightly clipped and short finish that, as the description suggests, isn't entirely harmonious today. Given how well this showed from barrel, and given the obvious quality of its stablemates, I suspect that it will better harmonize with a few years of bottle aging and my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that it will in time. Drink through 2029+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2021 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru has a well-defined bouquet and perhaps is the most complete of the Grand Crus from the Domaine. The palate is well balanced with a touch more substance than Les Clos, fine acidity, quite taut and harmonious with good grip and energy on the finish. I can see this ageing nicely in bottle. Drink 2025-2045.
Neal Martin - Vinous
All in tank at the moment, and may not be switched to wood. A vast volume, with a slightly oily texture at the moment, but a comforting weight of fruit with very precise acidity at the back. Another first rate Billaud-Simon Preuses in the making. Drink from 2027-2032.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy