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Chablis, Domaine Samuel Billaud, Burgundy, 2015

Chablis, Domaine Samuel Billaud, Burgundy, 2015


After five years of legal wrangling 2/3 of Domaine Billaud-Simon was sold in August 2014 to Faiveley. From Samuel's 1/6 share of the property he has received 4.2ha of vineyards of the domaine from which he made wine in 2014. His sister obtained a similar amount of vineyard from her 1/6 share. 2/3 of the 20ha property was sold to Domaine Faiveley, including the buildings.

Samuel will continue the existing négociant business making a range of Chablis, premiers and grands crus. It remains to be seen whether he will bottle the domaine wines with the negociant ones or keep them separate. 

Samuel makes precise, elegant Chablis aiming to transparently demonstrate the character of each vineyard. A small amount of oak, about 20%, usually in the form of a 500-litre demi-muid barrel, is used in the premiers and grands crus to open up the wine without marking it with oak.

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