Billaud-Simon Chablis AC is one of the iconic, must-have wines of the whole region. It is becoming harder to find and this is mostly due to how drinkable it is. Certainly, it is a wine that improves with time in the bottle. But it is a thrilling drink and I often open a bottle the minute, well day, my allocation turns up. Mineral core, ripe stone fruits on top. You need this wine in your life.
Billaud-Simon Chablis is, in my opinion, one of the must-have producers in your cellar. I love their delicate and understated nature but they are ripe enough that you can drink them young. Wines of terroir which is great because they hold some of my favourite vineyards too.
The Kimmeridgian soils that make Chablis taste like Chablis are evident in these wines. They have more definition of the region and more structure than a Petit Chablis. But without the fruit weight and intensity of the better sites. Great wines for drinking young or youngish.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.