H. Billiot Fils Brut Réserve Champagne
|Region||France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims|
|Brand||H. Billiot Fils|
From a tiny estate in Ambonnay in the Montagne de Reims, this NV Brut is great wine. No dosage, no filtration, no malolactic fermentation, but Grand Cru fruit of the highest quality. The wine is bright and lively with lavish fruit flavors.
A lush, creamy style enlivened by a spine of mouthwatering acidity, this offers a finely knit range of fresh bread dough, crème de cassis, star anise and candied ginger flavors. The finish is clean-cut and lingering, echoing a rich tang of salted almond. Disgorged February 2019. Drink now through 2025.
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.