Robert Parker 89-90+
Quite exotic – as I have come to expect from this cru at this address – the Billaud-Simon 2008 Chablis Preuses is almost Gewurztraminer-like in its litchi and spice notes, which accent a luscious pineapple and peach. But for all of its forward fruitiness and sense of breadth, there is a strong sense of minerality to this wine, albeit one more adamantly chalky than I anticipated. It finishes persistently and generously, if just a bit lacking in focus or juiciness when compared with the terrific corresponding Vaudesir. Here is probably an instance of the wine having been knocked off-kilter by its very recent fining. This deserves revisiting and will probably prove capable of entertaining nobly for the better part of a decade.
Pale yellow. Very subtle, fruit-driven nose combines peach, nectarine and orange scents. Then rather fat and sweet, but with less precision and cut than the Vaudesir. Seems more accessible today, but less complex. Slightly salty on the lingering finish.