Billaud-Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2020 - 750ml

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95pts Jasper Morris

Mostly made in tank with a couple of barrels. A fine pale lemon colour. The bouquet shows a finely honed stylishness, obviously with power behind but this is a restrained energy. The tension has been perfectly harnessed, lemon notes later on, and a wealth of fruit which returns after. Some very old vines in their Pied d’Aloue plot helps provide the density. The fruit just keeps going on!

Barrel Sample: 93-95

94pts Decanter

Produced from three plots, one of which - Pied d'Aloup – is on average 84 years old. Intense nose, with a focused and pristine fruit character. Mineral with a touch of spice; an elegant wine with drive and precision. I suspect this will age very well and gain weight. No hurry to drink this.

Barrel Sample: 94

94pts Burghound

This would be difficult to mistake for anything other than Chablis with its aromatic profile of oyster shell, iodine, citrus and acacia blossom, all trimmed in a delicate dollop of oak. The super-sleek, intense and stylish middle weight flavors are also quite classy and I very much like the balance. This is also notably firmer and very much built-to age. Excellent.

Barrel Sample: 92-94

94pts James Suckling

So much lemony character and chalky and garden herb freshness it makes you feel glad to be alive! Spot-on balance of crispness and restrained creaminess on the medium-bodied palate. So straight and pure at the long, crystalline finish.

94pts Tim Atkins

Situated at the top of Chapelot and made mostly in stainless steel with a 20% barrel influence, this is a chiselled, limestone thrill! Tense with acidic precision and tugging, chalk overlays, this plays hide-and-seek with stone fruits and savory tones. Best to wait a few to many years to allow the flavors to catch up to the structure. 2024-34. 

 

Winemakers Notes

Beautiful white gold hue with greenish tinges. This 1er Cru offers an exceptional aromatic profile with mineral notes and spice. The perfect balance between strength, freshness, sweet fruity notes and intense floral aromas. A complex, elegant and remarkably harmonious wine.

Pair with grilled lobster with basil and parsley butter, gambas in garlic sauce, or farm-bred Bresse chicken.