Champagne Brut Reserve, Henri Billiot
cépage 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
assemblage 50% 2012, 25% 2011, 25% 2010
info/source Ambonnay Grand Cru
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 20 Months
Montagne de Reims
Now 50% 2013 and 25% each of 2012-2011, deg 12/2015, all cuvée. A lot of color, almost pelure d’oignon. This was the first vintage made after Dad’s departure. Broad, chunky, even a little cidery; it seems drier but she says that hasn’t changed. Acids were high in both ’13 and ’12. I’m not sure whether it’s coiled or just a little rustic—or too freshly disgorged—but there’s some fruit struggling to emerge.
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Press & Reviews
Richly spiced, with a skein of ground clove, ginger and cardamom winding through flavors of dried apricot and apple, currant candy, passion fruit and lemon zest. Beautiful texture and balance here, followed by a long and mouthwatering, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases imported. –AN
(75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay from Ambonnay, 50% from 2010, 25% from 2009 and 25% from 2008; disgorged in July, 2013 after two years on its lees): Light yellow. Pungent aromas of poached pear, strawberry, orange pith and gingery spices. Juicy, penetrating citrus fruit flavors give way to deeper red berries with air and pick up a smoky nuance. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering floral character and good clarity.