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2005 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Les Blanchots Vieilles Vignes
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2007

($130; done entirely in barriques, none of them new) Good bright, pale yellow. Peach and apricot nectar on the somewhat exotic nose, complicated by toasty, spicy oak and almond blossom. Quite concentrated and powerful but a bit youthfully aggressive today. But there's strong fruit, enticing spiciness and a note of acacia flower here that promise a positive evolution in bottle. Finishes broad, spicy and fine-grained, with excellent length. I still give the '04 version a slight edge for its minerally, citric thrust.

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About Chablis

Wine lovers who have come to think of Chardonnay as weighty and thick will find Chablis a revelation. When grown in the cool clay-and-chalk soils around the sleepy town of Chablis, at the northern reach of Burgundy, Chardonnay is transformed into one of the world's most cerebral and distinctive white wines. With its brisk...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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