Wine Blogger Wednesday – 2004 Chablis Tete d’Or Billaud-Simon

tete-dor.jpgHailing from Domaine Billaud-Simon this white burgundy could never have been anything less than perfect – my only criticism of my own choice is that it is perhaps a little obvious to dart for Burgundy when someone screams ‘naked chardonnay.’ The nose holds a poised citrus essence balancing on the edge of a restrained dry mineral center. This is certainly not a to turn your nose up at, and speaking of the nose – I picked up lemon sorbet and a wonderful fresh yeast, and there was certainly a hint of ripe pears. This however, is most transcendent on the palate – primarily for its texture. In Chablis style one’s palate is filled with a rich, smooth softness, a pleasant minerality and on the finish there is a lingering fresh herbaceous character – perhaps eucalyptus, but not something I can describe more accurately. My only complaint is that it cost nearly twice as much as the New Zealand ‘Kiwi Chablis’ – and now that I know that NZ does Chablis style whites, perhaps I wont be purchasing white burgundy for a while.

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