TN: Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" 2008 - Domaine Billaud-Simon

This puppy has a pale straw core and a matching watery rim, as was to be expected really. Like virtually all the other 2008 Chablis tasted so far, this was rather closed upon popping the cork and largely remained that way over the course of an hour. On the palate too, it was aggressively acidic without offering much in the sense of balance. Below note was therefore written after the bottle spent 48 hours in the wine fridge.

Medium intense, typical notes of ground oyster shell and rain water intermingle with lemon and white flowers on the nose. The body is medium-plus on the attack and the wine has real presence in the mouth, mainly due to its impressive extract levels. It has more richness than its 2007 counterpart -enough to disguise pronounced acidity almost completely - but not quite the flavour intensity. At medium-plus, it is nonetheless no slouch in latter department and by now the structure & flavour components are sufficiently integrated to form a balanced drinking experience. The citrus fruit takes on a more ripened guise on the mid-palate -more orange than lemon- and the minerality lends extra lift, which extends to the 15-20 second finish.
All in all a satisfying glass of Chablis after a serious dose of oxygen, which I give 90 points for its performance on day three. If you have any or feel like getting some, you should be prepared to give it at least three years in the cellar.

By the way, I’ve started work on the Champagne trip notes…