Barbet Domaine des Billards Saint Amour 2015 1.5L
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 24908
Vinous Media 92
"Brilliant violet. Ripe and expansive on the fragrant nose, displaying an array of dark berry and floral aromas sharpened by peppery spice and mineral flourishes. Densely packed yet lively, offering sappy black raspberry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that are lifted by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes very long and smoky, showing excellent clarity and a late jolt of candied licorice." ~ JR
Situated at the mid-point of the sloping vineyards of Saint Amour, the Domaine des Billards belongs to the Barbet and Teissier families. This domaine has a long and storied history: an ancient parchment order book still in the family’s possession shows a number of prestigious customers in Paris in the 18th Century, among them a sale , in 1774, of 10 barrels to Marquis Turgot, Louis XVI’s Finance Minister. Today, they produce around 6,000 cases annually from their 5.26 hectares.
The soil is composed of sandstone pebbles underlying granite outcroppings at a depth of 50cm to 1 meter and beneath that, layers of clay. Farming is very traditional and natural, with no use of herbicides. The soil is regularly ploughed to develop the biodiversity: the Domaine des Billards is today a paradise for worms and beetles!
The traditional winemaking process lasts between 12 to 15 days and the use of a weighted grill to keep the “crust” submerged in the fermenting juices leads to a more effective extraction of tannins.
brooding and promising - Quite a deep Cru Beaujolias here! Dark garnet color and shy in the nose. Very mouth-filling and and lots black raspberry depth in the lengthy finish. Fine balance of acid and fruit as it tapers, but I suspect time will open it up and yield more nuances.
Posted by Geoff on 1/2/18 [Verified]
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