Thursday, April 26, 2018

2015 Chablis 1er and Grand Cru Chablis

2015 Chablis 1er and Grand Cru Chablis
While 2014 will go down as a more classic vintage for Chablis, the 2015's deliver a huge amount of immediate gratification. These may not be built for the next 20 years (who wants to gamble on premox anyway) but they show amazing purity of fruit an classic Chablis terroir.

2015 Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru...$94.99
Even in a warm vintage like 2015, this vineyard produces the most structured of the Grand Cru wines, as this still tight, tense and mineral wine illustrates. With its steely edge and firm structure, it is still to show its rich fruit. Expect the wine to take its time and don't drink before 2022.
Rated 95/100 Wine Enthusiast

Rated 93/100 Vinous

2015 Christian Moreau Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru...$89.99
Beautifully rich, this wine is developing well. Its ripeness with yellow-fruit flavors and layers of intense acidity are held together by the minerality, the tight and nervy edge of the wine. As it ages further, the wine will broaden and soften to give further richness. Drink from 2020.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru...$89.99
A ripe, rounded wine, this shows the richness of the vintage while not missing out on intense acidity. The mineral texture and the concentration of the ripe yellow fruit come together in a harmonious whole while needing a little more aging. Drink from 2020.
Rated 94/100 Wine Enthusiast

Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 Burghound

2015 Christian Moreau Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru...$89.99
Fresh and ripe, this also has a strong steely character. Mineral and densely textured, it's a powerful wine, showing ripe yellow fruit, spice from wood and considerable concentration. Moreau makes just three barrels of this wine. Drink from 2019.
Rated 94/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 Billaud Simon Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru....$111.99
This wine was aged for 14 months, including a period in wood that gives it richness and a smooth texture. It is concentrated, with intense citrus fruit balanced by minerality and a flinty edge. The wine, from the easternmost and smallest of the Grand Crus, will age well. Drink from 2021.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2015 Billaud Simon Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru....$91.99

This is noticeably more reserved with its pure nose of green fruit, mineral reduction and sea shore scents. The palate impression of the slightly more voluminous and decidedly succulent flavors that are also somewhat less refined than usual while offering lovely depth and length on the well-balanced finish where a hint of wood can be found. This notably pretty effort should benefit from a few years of cellar time to develop more depth.
Rated 92/100 Burghound

2015 Billaud Simon Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru....$53.99
Close to the Grand Cru vineyards, this premier cru shares many of the same characteristics, including the ability to age. That's certainly the case with this intense wine, still young and full of apricot and crisp apple fruits. A flinty line cuts right through the wine, bringing out the zesty texture and acidity.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2015 Billaud Simon Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru....$53.99
The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre underwent the same vinification as the Mont de Milieu. It has a complex bouquet with sea spray/flint aromas at first, a touch of Golden Delicious apple and smoked walnut. The palate is very balanced and poised with a crisp line of acidity and a generous finish that embraces tropical fruit (guava and passion fruit) but does not allow them to dominate proceedings. This is another impressive 2015 from Samuel Billaud.
Rated 92/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 90-92/100 Burghound

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