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.
A wonderfully elegant, complex and pure nose offers up aromas of lemon rind, green apple,
white flowers and a hint of cherry. The palate impression displays the same refinement as the nose with its very fine mousse
and delicate flavors that still deliver outstanding punch on the balanced and impressively long finish. A Champagne of subtlety
and grace that is drinking perfectly now though it could certainly be held longer if desired.