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Domaine Billaud-Simon Montee de Tonnerre, Chablis Premier Cru 2016

Founded in 1815 by Domaine Billaud-Simon and comprised of about 42 acres including four Grand Cru and four Premier Cru sites. Acquisition of the domaine by Domaine Faiveley took place in 2014. Since then, Domaine Billaud-Simon is managed separately from Domaine Faiveley. It has retained its own vineyards and winemaking facilities, and is dedicated to maintaining the house style.

This 1er Cru site totals 30Ha, of which Billaud-Simon manage and harvest from 2Ha. Soils here are well drained and made up primarily of kimmeridgian clay and limestone. Exposition is the same as famed Les Clos, which lies close-by to the North-West.

Manual harvesting. The wine is aged for around 14 months including a period of time in French oak barrels if necessary. The wine is racked twice before being bottled in late autumn. 2016 was characterised by concentrated, powerful wines with tension and and so good cellaring potential. In the glass, beautiful white gold hue with greenish tinges. The aromatic profile shows mineral notes and spice. On the palette a perfect balance between strength, freshness, sweet fruity notes and intense floral aromas. There is a pleasing oiliness to the wine. A complex, elegant and harmonious wine. Pair with lobster, roast chicken.

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