H. Billiot Fils Grand Cru Brut Reserve
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One of several instances in this portfolio where you can obtain 100% Grand Cru fizz at an entry-level price. Compare to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, if you care to! This is 50% 2001 and 25% each of '99 and '00; about 80% Pinot Noir. This is just fantastic Champagne. Even for Billiot this cuvée has remarkable pretty fragrance. It's above all the length that impresses; there's an extension of the mid-palate that seems to clamp a death-grip on the soft palate, increasing intensity as it goes. Cherry, mirabelle, puffpastry, fraise de bois; essentially perfect Champagne, elegant and creamy and long and gracious and full of saffron and confiture.
Wild cherry and berry flavors form a pure beam of ripe fruit in this mouthwatering Champagne, layered with well-cut acidity and a minerally underpinning. A delicate thread of aromatic spice accents notes of grilled nut, spun honey and lemon curd that linger on the finish. Disgorged October 2018. Drink now through 2024.
The NV Brut Grand Cru Réserve is a rich, boisterous wine that showcases incredible intensity in its fruit. The fat, rich style completely covers every inch of the palate and a sweet, perfumed finish reminiscent of ethereal plums and kirsch offers final notes of elegance. The Grand Cru Réserve is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay (all Ambonnay). The base vintage is 2006, with equal parts 2004 and 2003 that round out the blend. Disgorged June 24, 2009.
International Wine Cellar
Pale silver. Mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit aromas display excellent energy and focus. Brisk, mouthwatering and pure, offering stony lemon and quince flavors and a slow-building baked apple quality. Very clean, nervy and light on its feet, with excellent persistence.
This full-bodied offering is ripe and richly balanced. A predominance of the two Pinots gives it an intense fruitiness, with raspberry and red apple notes dominating. At the same time, there is a fine, mineral-driven tautness that gives it a final, crisp bite. Disgorged February 2012.