2011 Chablis Tete d'Or Billaud Simon

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



Here too there is good Chablis character present on the fresh and notably ripe nose that is trimmed in all but invisible wood. As is typically the case this is bigger and richer than the straight Chablis with its round and relatively generous middle weight flavors that possess better depth and markedly better length on the clean, dry and energetic finish. This will need a few years in bottle before it reaches its apogee as it's still a bit youthfully awkward at present. Tasted: Oct 15, 2013. Drink: 2017+



From a parcel beneath the Montee de Tonnerre and one of the now four (for many years there were but two) Billaud wines to spend time in barrel, his 2011 Chablis Tete d’Or conveys considerable richness of texture even as it evinces an underlying sense of stoniness. Primary juiciness of apple and lemon is preserved in a satisfyingly-sustained finish. I suspect this will be best enjoyed by 2015. ||When I last visited Bernard Billaud on a June day for my issue 191 report focusing on vintage 2008, he agreed for the first time to show me his young grand crus in advance of bottling and alongside the premier crus that I was used to tasting at that season of the year. Unfortunately, he made emphatically clear on this most recent occasion that such would not be the case; indeed, I was not offered any of the 2012s to taste, but instead the full 2011 collection, and a report on Billaud-Simon’s 2012 will have to wait for next year, before which, in any case, they will not have been put on the market. (In keeping with existing conventions at The Wine Advocate – and seeing that there are modes of vinification in common and only one overlap in cru designations – I have not indicated as part of each wine’s description whether or not it relies entirely on domaine as opposed to contract fruit.)||Imported by Langdon Shiverick, Los Angeles, CA; tel. (213) 483-5900 Wine Advocate.August, 2013


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