2013 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Billaud Simon

The 2013 Montee de Tonnerre comes from a bewilderingly undervalued estate and offers incredible value for Burgundy. Highly praised by Burgundy expert Allen Meadows, it exemplifies the hallmark elegance and balance of truly great Chablis and offers exceptional value into the bargain.


• Branded "Outstanding" by Meadows, the 2013 Montee de Tonnerre is a truly stunning wine from a Grand Cru-quality vineyard hailed by Galloni as “maybe the single greatest 1er cru site in Chablis”. As Stephen Tanzer states, “In Chablis there’s one long-established premier cru vineyard that consistently towers above the rest: Montée de Tonnerre”, and with its "layered…refined" profile, the 2013 exemplifies this world-class site at its best.

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Average critic rating : 90.25 points



This possesses the most complex nose of this group of 2013s with its layered aromatic profile of fresh citrus, white flowers, apple, pear and oyster shell scents. There is excellent intensity to the broad-shouldered yet refined medium-bodied flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a beautifully persistent finale. This too possesses impressive quality and should be capable of aging well.



The 2013 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre comes from 45-year-old vines and is matured for 14 months. It has a crisp, granitic, frangipane-tinged bouquet that is well defined, offering more flinty scents as it opens in the glass. The palate is fresh and citric on the entry, fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity and a touch of spiciness on the finish. It does not quite possess the detail of a top tier Montée de Tonnerre although you can appreciate the length. Fine, though I suspect that the 2014 will be at a higher level. ||Bernard Billaud sold his share of the domaine to Maison Faiveley last year and I tasted their latest releases blind among their peers. While the 2013 vintage impinged upon the quality here and there, erasing some of the nuance and tension that they might otherwise have imported, there are some very satisfying contributions to what was an inconsistent vintage generally. In particular, the Chablis Vaillons 2013 was one of the best that I encountered, while the Chablis 2014 is about as good as you will find. It will be interesting to see how Faiveley builds upon their introduction in Chablis, whether they will seek to augment their holdings or indeed, whether they will continue with the present name? Personally, I would hope they add these Chablis to the already considerable Faiveley portfolio simply to avoid confusion with Samuel Billaud. We will see. eRobertParker.com.August, 2015


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