Samuel Billaud took charge of winemaking at Domaine Billaud-Simon 20 years ago, and is known as one of the best winemakers in the region. In recent years he has struck out to make his own brand of Chablis apart from his family, and assumes control of every aspect of its production. He is a négociant, which means that he buys grapes in from trusted growers. While he does not own the vineyards, he manages them himself, as well as crushing the grapes and vinifying the resulting wines, and he has his own winemaking style.
The soils of Chablis' Premier Cru vineyards lie on the outskirts of the Paris Basin, a Jurassic geological formation whose opposing extreme can be found at the Dorset village of Kimmeridge. The grapes for this wine come from the slopes of the Premier Cru 'Les Fourneaux.' The Southerly exposure of Forneaux means that it is Samuel's sunniest 1er Cru, and indeed one of the warmest overall. This is, therefore, a more forward style, with flavours of lime and ripe apple. However, the wine does not lose its classic Chablis minerality.
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