Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour Clos des Billards 2015

94+ Wine Advocate

The “Clos des Billards” is a one hectare monopole within the “les Billards” vineyard in Saint-Amour that is only made in the very top vintages. This special reserve wine was created using only the best fruit from the lowest-yielding vines which range from extraordinary 50-100 years old.

Not to be confused with their delicious, accessible and up front Saint Amour, the “Clos des Billards” comes from the property’s oldest vines planted in a one hectare vineyard with blue volcanic schist, granite, pink granite, and clay soils. Just released now, the 2015 is just coming into its own with several years in the bottle. It’s a deep, powerful and beautiful wine that has the gravitas and depth to age for decades, and is a top candidate for this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner as well!

$36.99

Description

Country: France

Region: Beaujolais; Saint-Amour

Variety: Gamay Noir

Color: Medium plus ruby/purple

Body: Medium plus/Full

Oak: Neutral

Tannins: Moderate plus

I simply love the Cru Beaujolais from this small, family owned domain located in the heart of the Cru Beaujolais appellation of Saint Amour. Domaine des Billards owns five hectares. It has belonged to the Barbet and Teissier families for more than 200 years.

It is vinified over 20 days using a weighted grill to keep the must cap submerged in the fermenting juice, thereby increasing the extraction of tannins and complexity; it is then aged in large foudres for 9 months before bottling, with additional aging in bottle prior to release. The result is an exceptional and age-worthy expression of the terroir of Saint-Amour, structured and elegant.

Rated 94+, The Wine Advocate “The 2015 Saint-Amour Clos des Billards is very successful, revealing a brooding bouquet of black cherries, mulberries and rich soil tones. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and super concentrated, with an ample core of rich, ripe fruit underpinned by good balancing acids. It will need bottle age to resolve all its serious structure, but it’s an immensely promising young Saint-Amour.” Sept 22, 2018

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