2018 Billaud-Simon Chablis les Vaillons

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JM 93 VN 92 BH 91 WS 90
JM 93

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy, June 2019

(90-93 points) This is a blend from across the wider Vaillons appellation with two plots in Séchets, two in Chatains, one each in Mélinots and Roncières. Currently all is in tank but some will spend a bit of time in wood...
VN 92

Vinous, January 2020

(90-92 points) The 2018 Chablis Les Vaillons 1er Cru is presently showing only a very approximate impression of what this wine will ultimately be. Even so, there is good depth, as well as the strong balance of fruit...
BH 91

Burghound, October 2020

A more elegant and airier if more restrained nose speaks of mineral reduction, citrus zest, spice and plenty of white pepper and floral nuances. There is actually a bit less volume to the more finely detailed middle...
WS 90

Wine Spectator, September 2021

This rich white is full of lemon and peach flavors that show a touch of vanilla. The wine's breadth and fleshy texture are offset by juicy acidity as this glides to a lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,400 cases...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-region Chablis
Appellation Vaillons
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Billaud-Simon Chablis Les Vaillons is a truly exceptional white wine that showcases the best of the Chardonnay varietal in the Burgundy region of France. With its vibrant flavors, impeccable balance, and impressive depth, this wine is a true gem for wine enthusiasts.

In the glass, this Chablis Les Vaillons displays a pale color with a faint green tint, hinting at its youthful vibrancy. The nose, though temporarily hindered due to recent sulfuring, promises a delightful aromatic experience with notes of white stone fruit and a touch of heat at the back. As the wine unfolds on the palate, it reveals a perfect harmony between fruit intensity and invigorating vibrancy, a characteristic that runs through all the wines produced by Billaud-Simon.

The Chablis Les Vaillons is a blend of six parcels in the greater Vaillons, including two in Vaillons proper and one each in Melinots, Roncieres, Secher, and Chatains. This carefully curated blend contributes to the wine's complexity and depth. The wine spends some time in wood, adding a subtle nuance of oak that enhances the overall profile.

Notable wine critics have recognized the excellence of the 2018 Chablis Les Vaillons. Vinous awarded it an impressive score of 92 points, praising its depth and balance. Wine Spectator also commended this rich white wine for its lemon and peach flavors, fleshy texture, and juicy acidity, giving it a score of 90 points. Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy awarded it 93 points, noting its promising nature and typical Vaillons characteristics. Burghound, with a score of 91 points, highlighted the wine's elegance, precise and dry finish, and complex profile.

With its delightful flavors, impeccable balance, and promising nature, the 2018 Billaud-Simon Chablis Les Vaillons is a must-try for any wine lover. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, this wine is sure to impress with its elegance and complexity.