Champagne Brut Reserve, Henri Billiot
cépage 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
assemblage 50% 2014, 25% 2013, 25% 2012
info/source Ambonnay Grand Cru
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 24+ months
Montagne de Reims
50% 2014 and 25% each of ‘13 and ’12—we are finally rid of 2011 here. Disg 11/2016. The color is curiously dark (shallot-skin) and the wine approaches rusticity. That said, it’s clean and the RS it carries is needed to balance the brisk acidity. Still, this is the cuvée with the greatest distance still to travel.
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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.