91/100 Punkte Vinous August 2019 Very pale bright straw yellow. The nose is two-faceted, starting with perfumed white flowers. With aeration the wine veers towards ripe yellow apple and lime. Enters juicy and suave, with luscious but lifted pomaceous orchard and white stone fruit flavors nicely focused by noteworthy salinity. Finishes long and tactile but with plenty of freshness. Another very successful vintage for this blend of Grillo and Inzolia.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Feb. 2020 This shows a slight reduction at first, but those flavors add to the complexity of this silky, focused and well-balanced white. Notes of quince blossom, dandelion and ripe citrus mingle here, carried by vibrant acidity, which cuts through the velvety texture. Crunchy minerality marks the finish. Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Muskat Ottonel, Weissburgunder, Neuberger and Furmint. Drink now through 2026.
95/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 One of the highlights in this range, the 2017 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru captures all of the energy and tension that makes wines from this site so distinctive. White flowers, mint, crushed rocks, slate and citrus all pulse through the 2017. The style is all about classical austerity, translucence and crystalline purity.
93+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Aug 2019 The 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu confirms its strong showing last year, unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, grapefruit and honeycomb, with some subtle musky floral tones waiting in the wings that I suspect will become more prominent with time. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and gourmand, with racy acids and a long, saline finish. Billaud tells me that this was cropped at less than 20 hectoliters per hectare, and that shows.
94/100 Punkte Vinous, Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Cru is an absolutely exquisite rendering of this site. Rich, layered and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2017 possesses tons of depth, energy and complexity. Dried pear, marzipan, lemon confit, spice, petrol, dried flowers and chamomile are some of the many notes that grace this wonderfully inviting Chablis from Samuel Billaud.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros has a splendid bouquet with a very subtle reductive note. There is real delineation and poise here, with walnut and smoke emerging with time and struck flint emerging later. The palate is well defined with a fine bead of acidity (although the acidity level is lower than in Blanchot). Touches of blackcurrant leaf and quince dovetail into a very energetic finish that lingers for over a minute. Superb.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 A reserved bouquet of lemon oil, dried white flowers and beeswax introduces the 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, a dense, full-bodied and concentrated wine that's quite firm and structured on the palate, showing considerable promise. It hails from two parcels at either end of this climat.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Billaud's 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot was another wine cropped at very low yields, around 20 hectoliters per hectare in this case. Offering up a pretty bouquet of citrus blossom, peaches and pears that's subtly framed by a discrete touch of oak, it's full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a broad attack, a fleshy core and a precise but delicately exotic finish.
96/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru is another rock star wine. Powerful and explosive, with tons of underlying saline energy, the Blanchot is a mind-bendingly beautiful Chablis endowed with tons of character. Exotic floral notes add striking shades of nuance, but it is the wholeness of the Blanchot that stands out most.
92+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Billaud produced a mere 450 liters of the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, a full-bodied, fleshy wine that's deep and concentrated, redolent of honeycomb, orange rind and vanilla pod. Despite its broad shoulders, it's racy and precise and concludes with a saline finish, but it won't be easy to find.
96/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Bougros Grand Cru is a terrific example of just how compelling this vintage is at the top end. Weightless and classically austere, the Bougros offers so much intensity, but in the understated manner that is so typical of first-rate Chablis. Soaring citrus, floral and mineral-infused aromatics add to the wine's sheer appeal. Aging in larger format oak really helps the wine preserve freshness.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 Cropped at a meager 15 hectoliters per hectare, Billaud produced only two barrels of the 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos. Offering up aromas of musky peach, mandarin and green apple, it's full-bodied, deep and textural, with the structure of a red wine on the palate. This is a powerful, super concentrated Les Clos, but it's also nicely balanced.
96/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 A tiny bottling in this range, the 2017 Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru comes from a microscopic parcel measuring a measly 0.08 hectares, which yielded enough to fill a single 228-liter barrel. Dense, rich and concentrated, the Clos is a wine of real distinction and class. Floral, spice and citrus oil accents are some of the many notes that are woven together in a racy, powerful Chablis endowed with tremendous personality and class.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses offers up lovely aromas of orange blossom, oyster shells, iodine and beeswax. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fine-boned, elegant and precise, with ripe acids and a saline finish. It's a fine rendition of this ethereal climat.
94/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 The 2017 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru is another super-expressive wine in this lineup from Samuel Billaud. It has terrific salinity and energy, if a bit less dimension and texture than the very best wines in the range. In this tasting, it comes across as a mini version of what this cru is tends to express.
94+/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 2019 The 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir is one of the highlights of the portfolio this year, wafting from the glass with aromas of aromatic citrus fruit, clear honey, oyster shell and almond paste. On the palate, it's full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with racy acids and an intense and penetrating finish. This will be well worth following for the better part of two decades.
95/100 Punkte Vinous Jan 2020 From a tiny parcel measuring just 0.3 hectares, the 2017 Chablis Vaudésir Grand Cru is broad, creamy and ample in feel. Orange confit, spice, dried flowers, apricot and a kiss of new oak shape this super-expressive, racy Chablis. The 2017 was done in a single 450-liter barrel.