Domaine Billaud-Simon

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Founded over two hundred years ago by Charles Louis Noël Billaud, the Domaine Billaud-Simon is a leading wine producer in Chablis and has always been an anchor in the region. They were amongst the first to export their wines to the US market in the early 1950s.


      WINE: Vaillons is derived from the term “vallon”, meaning “small valley”. The term “valson” was also used previously. “Vaillons” originates from the Latin “vallis” or “valles” meaning an “elongated area between two raised zones.”

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Les Vaillons
    • Appellation: Chablis Premier Cru, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Cultivation: Certified Organic beginning with the 2025 vintage
    • Viticulture: Organic farming
    • Size: 0.295 ha
    • Soil: Very pebbly clay-limestone colluvial deposits on Kimmeridgien subsoil
    • Elevation: Right bank
    • Exposure: South/Southeast
  • Vintage Report

    • A Dream Vintage: Winter 2022 was relatively mild with average rainfall levels. Early April saw some frosts although fortunately our vines did not suffer any damage. Bud burst occurred in early April and flowering began around the 20th of May. There was a wide range of temperature in June Summer was very hot and dry aside from 20 mm of rainfall in late July which allowed the vine to better withstand the drought. A further 15 mm of rain on the 16th of August enabled the grapes to ripen in good conditions.

  • Vinification

    • Pneumatic pressing followed by one night of cold settling before vinification. in stainless steel vats. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation occur naturally.

    • Aging: 14 to 16 months in stainless steel vats with, if necessary, some time spent in French oak barrels.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright, clear hue with attractive golden tinges. This Premier Cru offers remarkable aromatic complexity with aromas of ripe citrus and white flowers. The palate is round and seduc-tive with a lively attack. Excellent length and a refined aromatic persistency combining fruity notes and a delicate acidity. Pleasant sensa-tion of freshness.