Champagne Rose, 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
This, on the other hand, is definitely indicating the direction our heroine needs to move in. It’s the same assemblage as the NV, disg 10/2016, yet it’s actively delicious, the best wine on the table—potentially. Distinctive fruit, vigor and tension, and nothing clunky. I only hedge the star to study whether the dosage is correct. I also can’t fathom why the wine is so much nicer than the NV, which comes from the same juice minus the still red.
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Press & Reviews
The NV Brut Rose Grand Cru blossoms beautifully in the glass with layers of fruit that fill out in the glass. As always, Billiot’s Rose is a rich, broad-shouldered wine with plenty of intensity and vinous depth. This edition is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, based on the 2009 vintage, with 25% each 2008 and 2007, including some still Pinot from those vintages. Disgorgement date: August 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
An undercurrent of minerality supports ripe black cherry and black raspberry flavors, with hints of pastry, cream and candied grapefruit peel. Finely meshed and focused by vibrant acidity. Disgorged March 2011. Drink now through 2016. 391 cases imported. –AN
(75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay, all from Ambonnay; 50% 2009 wine, with 25% each of 2008 and 2007, including still pinot from '08 and '07; disgorged August, 2012): Pale pink. Intense, floral-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and gingerbread, with a bright mineral topnote. Juicy and precise, with good lift to its sappy red fruit flavors. A note of blood orange adds refreshing bitterness to a long, penetrating finish. - Josh Raynolds
A cool, pure and softly fruity nose of primarily red berry fruit aromas though there are background hints
of yeast, citrus and pear. The supporting effervescence has a relatively fine bead and the clean and crisp flavors possess
good if not truly distinguished depth on the dry but not austere finish. This is a lovely rosé fashioned in an understated and
This is currently based on the 2005 harvest, blended with red wine from 2004. Its fragrant aromas of crushed strawberry and red cherry feel expansive and inviting on the nose, while the palate shows a sappy, densely knit concentration of flavor, not at all heavy in body yet feeling like it leaves a stain. The finish is long and elegantly balanced, with subtly layered detail. Last tasted: 1/09
Pinot Noir takes center stage in Billiot's NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru, a wine that impresses for its tension and length. Hard candy, wild flowers, cinnamon and rose petals are all very much present in a pretty, if somewhat quirky, Rosé. I especially like the texture, feel and overall balance here. The Rosé is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, 50% 2010 and 25% each 2009 and 2008 (including some still Pinot). This bottle was disgorged in July 2013.