Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis - Montee de Tonnerre - 1er Cru

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Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis - Montee de Tonnerre - 1er Cru - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Billaud-Simon - Chablis - Montee de Tonnerre - 1er Cru

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Domaine Billaud-Simon is a renowned producer of Chablis wines, with a history dating back to the early 19th century. The estate is located in the heart of the Chablis region, in the village of Chablis itself, and is known for its exceptional terroir and commitment to traditional winemaking techniques.

One of the estate's most celebrated wines is the Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru, which is made from Chardonnay grapes grown on a steep slope overlooking the Serein river. This wine is known for its complex aromas of citrus, white flowers, and minerals, as well as its crisp acidity and long, elegant finish.

The production process for Montee de Tonnerre is meticulous, with the grapes hand-harvested and sorted before being gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months, which adds depth and complexity to the final product.

Overall, Domaine Billaud-Simon's Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru is a true expression of the Chablis terroir, with its minerality, freshness, and elegance. It is a wine that will age gracefully for many years, and is a must-try for any lover of Chardonnay or white Burgundy.

Notes of citrus oil, crisp green apple, fresh peach and oyster shell introduce the 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive wine that's tightly wound after its recent bottling. Bottled under Diam like all of these 2018s, it will reward some bottle age.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Burgundy
Appellation:
Chablis
Producer:
Domaine Billaud-Simon
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay
Pairing Sugesstions:
Shellfish, Crab, Lobster, Goat Cheese, Green Vegetables, Fresh Herbs and Aromatic Dishes
Style:
Premier Cru

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Domaine Billaud-Simon is one of the most emblematic producers of Chablis, which expresses the richness of its wine heritage through a very expressive, unique and personal style of...

Domaine Billaud-Simon is one of the most emblematic producers of Chablis, which expresses the richness of its wine heritage through a very expressive, unique and personal style of its wines. Domaine Billaud-Simon produces Chablis wines where the airy freshness of the mouth combines admirably with the full maturity of the fruit and the mineral terroir.

Bought in 2014 by Maison Faiveley, Domaine Billaud-Simon has retained all the spirit of this bicentennial estate.

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The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy...

The French Wine region of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) may be small in size, but its influence is huge in the world of vino. The complexity of Burgundy can cast fear into the heart of even a seasoned wine pro, but fear not – the region need only be as complicated as you want it to be. Yes, it is home to some of the most expensive wines in the known universe, but there are also tasty and affordable wines.

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Pinot Noir originated in Burgundy and these vines cover 34% of the region, accounting for 29% of overall wine production. The red grape does extremely well in limestone and clay soil, which helps create their complexity. Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy range in colour from cherry to brick, are light in body, and typically have red fruit and spicy flavours. Gamay is a red grape also grown in Burgundy, but only makes up 10% of the vines.

Chardonnay is the primary grape for white wines in Burgundy, making up 48% of the vines and 68% of production. Chardonnay appreciates Burgundy’s marl soil, which gives it delicate floral, fruit, and mineral aromas and full-bodied flavours. Aligoté is the second white grape, accounting for 6% grown. {Read more about the ancient Aligoté grape in Burgundy.}

The region does produce a sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne. It can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, and Melon. Varieties include blanc, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé.

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Chablis

Chablis

Chablis is a wine appellation located in the northernmost part of the Burgundy region in France. The region is known for producing some of the finest white wines...

Chablis is a wine appellation located in the northernmost part of the Burgundy region in France. The region is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world, made from the Chardonnay grape variety. The Chablis appellation covers an area of approximately 5,000 hectares, with vineyards planted on hillsides overlooking the Serein River.

The history of winemaking in Chablis dates back to the Roman era, when the region was known for producing high-quality wines. However, it was not until the Middle Ages that the wines of Chablis gained widespread recognition. In the 19th century, the phylloxera epidemic devastated the vineyards of Chablis, but the region was able to recover and rebuild its reputation as a producer of world-class wines.

The style of production in Chablis is unique, with a focus on producing wines that are crisp, mineral-driven, and expressive of their terroir. The vineyards of Chablis are planted on Kimmeridgian limestone, a type of soil that is rich in marine fossils and minerals. This soil gives the wines of Chablis their distinctive minerality and complexity.

The Chardonnay grape is the only grape variety allowed in the production of Chablis wines. The grape is known for its versatility and ability to express the terroir of the region. The wines of Chablis are typically unoaked, allowing the natural flavors and aromas of the grape and the terroir to shine through.

There are four main appellations within the Chablis region: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru. Petit Chablis is the most basic appellation, with wines that are light and refreshing, perfect for everyday drinking. Chablis is the most widely produced appellation, with wines that are crisp and mineral-driven, with notes of green apple and citrus. Chablis Premier Cru wines are more complex and full-bodied, with flavors of honey, hazelnut, and white flowers. Chablis Grand Cru wines are the most prestigious, with wines that are rich and full-bodied, with flavors of ripe fruit, honey, and toasted nuts.

In conclusion, Chablis is a unique and special wine appellation that produces some of the finest white wines in the world. The region's focus on terroir-driven winemaking, combined with the versatility of the Chardonnay grape, results in wines that are complex, mineral-driven, and expressive of their terroir. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a casual wine drinker, a bottle of Chablis is sure to impress.

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