Domaine Billaud-Simon

Bourgogne, France

Chablis Premier Cru Vaulorent — 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: The name of this climat is derived from “Laurent”, the name of a landowner in the valley: ‘la vallée au Laurent’. “Vaulorent” does not appear in the land registry. This Premier Cru is officially com-posed of the following lieu-dits: “Les Quatre Chemins”, “Les Couvertes” and “La ferme de Couverte”. It is a sub-climat of “Fourchaume” and could be considered as the 8th Grand Cru.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Fourchaume, Vaulorent
    • Appellation: Chablis, Premier Cru, AOC
    • Location: Bourgogne
    • Cultivation: Certified Organic beginning with the 2025 vintage
    • Viticulture: Organic farming
    • Soil: Middle and upper Kimméridgien. Alternate layers of limestone and Exogyra Virgula marls.
    • 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 – very cold in the early part of the month and then dry and warm in mid June – which prolonged the flowering period. 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
  • Technical Information

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

    • Bright, clear hue with greenish reflections. The complex nose offers delicate aromas of fresh pear combined with toasty and smoky notes. The palate is well-structured with good fresh-ness and a wonderful salinity. This wine’s distinctive minerality and lively character linger on the finish.