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Average critic rating : 91.0 points
VINTAGE MISMATCH---- The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons has a focused, orange-blossom and lemongrass-tinged bouquet that is well-defined with admirable vigor. The palate is charged with bitter lemon on the entry. I like the weight here, the salinity that surges toward the finish and begs you to take another sip. This is a well-crafted Vaillons that should age nicely over the next decade. ||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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