Disgorged June 2014. Never ending fine perlage, showing its youth. Fresh strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Light and lively with dominant red beery and notes of orange peel and minerals on the finish.
Bottle disgorged March, 2011. Wow, this was the best bottle of H Billiot Rose NV I had to date. I took it to a good BYOB sushi place and it was singing. Notes are from memory. - The palate on this was outstanding. It is a richer (but dry) style of Rose. The flavors of strawberry, red cherry and raspberry were bound together with excellent acidity. The flavors were not 'candied' versions of the fruits but the fruits themselves. If the acidity was lower it would be more flabby but the structure was very balanced. All the elements were integrated very well.
For a rich rose style that is still dry it's hard to beat this one. I only wish I had a few more bottles ...
Salmon color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, steady beading. Nose of cherry, apple, pear and light spice notes. Flavors of cherries, apples and pears. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold.
Nose: The nose is very well balanced and open with red fruits, red cherries, baking spices, berries, mineral notes, and a bit of citrus tones. There is excellent depth with a roundness to the tones.
Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium+ acidity. The feel has a fatness to it with red fruits, red cherries, baking spices, minerals, and a bit of citrus. The acidity is on the crisp and refreshing side.
Overall: This is a beautiful Rose. There is a fatter quality to it while still having a freshness on the nose and palate.
Opened by Mark. Disgorged July 24, 2013. Fairly sure this is the same bottling we had at the winery last October. Similar notes as when I had this 7 months ago. Fruity and slightly sweeter than the other 2 rose' champagnes that we had. My favorite of the 3 as well. 91-92 points
(91-92) Enjoyed it more than last bottle. High acid, sharp, focussed, powerful. Nice mousse. Very food friendly. Good stuff. Give it time in the glass and I would even decant to soften up some of the rough edges. Drinking a bit warmer helps round and soften it too. Would totally buy again.
Disgorged in June 2011. Beautiful light red color. Aromas of strawberries, cherries, toast and yeast. Smells like...breakfast! It's very well integrated and dangerously drinkable. We polished off the bottle is record time. Wife looked at me and said "do we have more?" Big smile from her when I said, "yes, four more bottles."
One of the most layered and complex Champagnes out there. The wine kept evolving from soft supple fruit notes to floral notes then to herbaceous flavors and aromas. The best Rose out there in my opinion.
Disgorged Sept, 2011. I had this with sashimi. - This bottle was a little tighter than others. Most of the elements were there. The acidity was good but the red fruit depth was not as great as previous bottles.
Tasted at the winery. 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. The 2nd fermentation of this wine takes place in bottle. Medium pink color. Red fruits on the nose. Very fresh with notes of strawberries and peaches. Pretty finish. 92 points.
What a suprise. Disgorged January 2013. Had it with Salmon in oven with some parts of sambal oelek.
On the nose nice integrated wild berries, strawberry and raspbarry. Nice and good acidity (the acidity was perfect to balance the food), strawberry, raspbarry but also a hint of minerals and forest. medium lenght and a nice and good balance.
Suprise since I normal do not find Rosés that funny.
Bottle disgorged Sept, 2011. Had with one of the 'new' Champagne flutes bought from the Antique shop. This bottle had integrated better than the previous bottle. Absolutely delicious with sashimi. Best aspects of previous bottles were present with a little less 'ripe' red fruit profile. Acidity was sharp, flavors of raspberry, tart strawberry & notes of cranberry, good length & fine bead and just a wonderful bottle.
In the glass it shines metallic salmon and rose gold. Notes of fuji apple, red currant, gooseberry, sage, brioche and curry spice all emanate from the glass. The palate is expressive and linear. The exceptional balance and mouth feel create a wonderful cleanser while also lingering on the finish. As you exhale, pressed flowers and guava float through. The value of this wine is extremely understated.
75% PN, 25% Chard, all Ambonnay. 50% from 2009, and 25% from both 08&07. Dosage 10g, malolactic was blocked. Disgorged in 2012, Sometimes find blended rosés (as opposed to saignées) a bit uninspiring, but that is not the case here. This is bright, striking and expressive on the nose, showing rich red fruit aromas. Tasty and rather acidic (in a good way) on the palate. The 10g dosage doesn't bother me at all as the malic acids keep this very refreshing. Very good and pleasing, miles better than generic big label rosés. It would be quite interesting to taste a version of this with lower dosage and completed malo, just to compare.
Edit to my 2010 tasting: This bottle (more recent disgorgement) was dry as a bone! Lacked much of the sweet fruit of previous bottles......not worth the money....Chalk it up to a few bad years in between.......2010 note: .Bravo...best Brut Rose I have had in years. Crisp, clear and clean. Excellent bubble formation. One of the few 'Rose' wines that has an actual rose tint vs. salmon. Mid palate is lush with a mild apple/pear taste and possibly some berry flavors going on as well. Well balanced between the tartness and the sweetness.....not syrupy, but not a lightweight. For a Champagne, the aftertaste lingers well....(for a Champagne). Disgorge Date Se;pt 2009
Easy drinking, fruit forward, well-balanced, strawberries, cream, some yeast, big but not bold rose. Enjoyed it very much. I think I prefer the Chartogne Taillet Le Rose more (a bit more structire and harmony) so I will do a CT Le Rose vs Billiot Rose vs Godme Rose taste off in a few days...I did enjoy this and at $36 bdiscount, or even at $45 a decent bottle of wine!
Disgorged Mar 2012. This was quite open for business. Brioche, apple and pear notes initially. Opened up with about half hour of air to very nice, vinous Pinot notes. Agree with other notes that this was in-your-face and I was loving every punch it threw at me. With the strong flavors and well measured sweetness balancing the high level of acidity very well. Great with food or on it's own.
While I have had better bottles of this Henri Billiot, this was still a very interesting rose. Nobody will mistake the Billiot rose for a restrained or elegant champagne, as this is in your face and powerful from the moment the cork is popped. Demented red apples that are coated with sweet tarts reach out and slap you in the face upon the first sip. After the apples start wearing off, you notice spices, strawberry, honey and biscuits. If you like powerful champagnes with oodles of fresh fruit, this may be your wine.
A very light touch of reduction. Needs a good hour to open up and was very reticent when just opened. Very saline nose and plenty of red fruits and blood orange. Mineral and smoky. Rich and full but with a superb acidity. Again this great salinity on the palate. Yeasty and pure fruit. Disgorged Feb-2012. A very, very good rose !
I have been drinking this wine for the past decade or so. I have a soft spot for rose Champagnes and this wine continues to be one of my favorite Champagnes and producers. Big and bold, with a beautiful pink color. Strawberries, dark cherry, a touch of mint, shortbread and bit of floral notes.
This is a rose to drink when you are in the mood for a pure powerful fruit bomb. There is nothing subtle about this at all, but the red fruits are so fresh, forward, and pungent that after the first sip it can feel like someone slapped you in the face. This champagne is dry, but the fruit has a nice natural sweetness. In addition, there is a nice mix of bread and honey flavors that mixes well with the powerful pinot fruit. This goes better with food than on its own. A very nice and unique style of rose champagne.
A Fantastic Brut Rose. Beautiful color with nice tight bubbles in the glass. The nose on this right after pouring is delectable and inviting with sweet cherries, strawberries, and floral aromas. The mouthfeel is completely different, as the sweetness of the nose is luckily not in the glass, and this ripe, bold brut hits you in the mouth. This is certainly not a soft Brut Rose. The finish brings back the cherries and red fruit and even a bit of yeastiness, and it softens up after you let it sit for a bit.
Aromas of strawberry patch with biscuity and yeasty notes. Quite powerful compared to the Veuve Fourny rose, but still nicely balanced with good acidity. Red berry and orchard fruit with herbs on the palate. Good length. Personally, I preferred the finesse of the Veuve Fourny over this, but this is quite good if you prefer a more in your face style.
This Henri Billiot rose was fresh and vibrant. This is the perfect rose to drink if you like a more powerful and forceful style of champagne. The flavors of ripe apples, strawberries, and raspberries reach out and slap you across the face after the first sip. As this opens up further the flavors get even stronger and more ripe if that is even possible. This isn't the most balanced or delicate rose, but the depth of the fruit flavors is wonderful.
Bottle disgorged Sept, 2011. This bottle needed more time to integrate. The acidity was particularly strong and felt a little out of balance compared to previous bottles. Still, good raspberry and cranberry flavors were present. I will try to wait a bit before trying the next bottle disgorged Sept, 2011.
WineFanatic Champagne Offline (Vancouver, BC): Tasted blind – light pink colour. Shy on the nose at first but after 10mins notes of youthful and juicy cranberries and strawberries came out to play. This was dry and trim on the palate with crisp cranberry flavours and high acidity. This bottle has been cellared for 2 years and I drinking well now. Excellent.
Best showing I've had from this bottle. Not sure of the current vintage makeup. Deep color. Red fruit (maybe even candied) nose. Elegant and not over the top. Floral. Palate is quite rich but less so than most saignee bottles. Broad. Red fruit. Rich. And then it all comes together with 'laser-like' acidity. It finished clean and long. Beautiful
This is a wonderful "in your face" style of rose champagne that is very pinot driven. The flavors include extremely ripe red apples, strawberries, white bread, yeast, spices and strong perfumed pinot aromatics on the nose. While this does not have great balance and precision, it is still very enjoyable because the flavors are just so intense and ripe. This is one of the best non-vintage roses on the market if you like an extremely powerful and ripe champagne. Anyone looking for a subtle champagne should look elsewhere.
October 2011 disgorgement. While the nose is dumber than the 2009 disgorgement i had last year - probably could have done with a decant - this is much cuddlier and less tight than the previous disgorgement. Still lots of strawberry and meringue on the palate but the acid is softer and there seems an added sweetness from riper fruit I guess. leave for another year I think then start drinking seriously.
Pacific Northwest Tasting Trip Day 2; 4/4/2012-4/12/2012 (Willamette Valley & Portland): Had this at Le Pigeon in Portland to pair with a tasting course. Nose was lighter than I recalled, probably due to serving temp, but as it warmed up the strawberry florals stated to show more. Palate was good with red fruit, a little earth, and some minerals showing. The acidity was still strong and cut was nice. Paired very well with everything.
Disgorged on June 2010. Vibrant and intense notes of fresh strawberries, blood oranges, rose petals, cranberries, ruby red grapefruit, and wet stone. Impressively robust on the palate, with a dazzling array of citrus fruits on the mid palate and finish. An outstanding wine! 92-93 points.
Bottle disgorged March, 2011. Brought this to a BYOB restaurant with 2 friends. This bottle is consistent with my previous bottle although slightly more tart, less ripe. The earlier bottles were disgorged in 2009. This one needed a little time to open but it was outstanding. It paired well with the molecular style cuisine. 92 +
Aromas of strawberries, tart cherries, a green herbal funk and bruised apple. Rich with yeasty and toasty flavors on the palate with a minerally finish. Enjoyable, but did not compare to a 2000 Chiquet Special Club tasted right before it.
This seemed slightly better than my last bottle and not quite as in your face. As a result it tasted a little bit more harmonious. This has delicious pinot fruit that is extremely fresh. A very nice NV rose.
Drunk tonight with Bonnie for our 2nd anniversary dinner at Firebox in Hartford. Lucky for us they are still doing 1/2 off all btls under $100 on Sundays, so this came to $46 for a whole bottle. It is a beautiful rich rose Champagne, every bit as good as recent reviews suggest. Delicious, and beautiful color and bottle, to boot. A nice rose Champagne that can go with just about everything for the whole meal. A good value even at full price and an absolute steal at 50% off. 91-92 pts. (BTW, the kitchen at Firebox is killing it - this is the best food in the Hartford area right now, hands down. Don't miss the Farm Egg and the Duck.)
- Light salmon color, good bead - Nose of ripe cherry, strawberry and light bread notes - Ripe red fruit (strawberry, red cherry) flavors dominate, notes of bread. Off dry but not out of balance or overtly sweet.
My first Billiot champagne and certainly won't be my last. This is a very nice rose that has an incredible amount of extremely ripe pinot fruit that almost comes out and slaps you in the face when you just put your nose up to it. The taste reveals an apple orchard with bright red apples - some of which have already fallen off of the tree. In fact, some would probably consider the fruit in this rose to be almost too ripe. It is very similar in style to the Camille Saves Rose, but the Saves has slightly better balance and is not quite as over the top as the Billiot. For people who love rich ripe fruit, you will not want to miss this rose. For others who prefer elegence and perfect balance, this might not be your cup of tea.
Disgorged 9/10/2007. This wine is in a really nice spot right now. The bottle age certainly has not hurt it; it may have in fact even improved it. Heady notes of cured meats, incense, strawberries, blood oranges, and lemon zest. Powerful and rich on the palate with a robust acidity. Probably one of my top 3 favorite NV Rosés.
Aug. 2010 disgorgement. Nice ruby color, with a light mousse witha tight bead. Very expressive on the nose with strawberry, raspberry, and a bit of biscuity note. Medium to full bodied with intense red fruit, crisp acidity and a moderate to long finish.
The Other Great French Blancs: Champagne and Sauternes (Wink Restaurant, Austin, Texas): So pink! Sweeter than the Krug, the previous wine in the line-up, it had a weird intriguing character amid strong notes of strawberry. With a deep salmon pink color, it had fine and persistent bubbles and was very bright and fresh, with high acidity and a good nose of strawberries, rose, toast, some orange zest and green apple skin. A few tasters noticed a slight hint of autolysis (toast) and acetone, but the wine was well-liked. It had high acidity and notes of, again, frozen and ripe strawberries, raspberries, flowers, meyer lemon, some faint pineapple and honeysuckle, and chalky minerality. It was well-balanced and rich, and had a nice finish, with strawberry and green apple showing through. A few cognoscenti thought that this bottle did not show well, but it might have been the company it was keeping here, as most tasters liked the wine fine, it just wasn’t the favorite in a solid group of rosés.
Disgorged Aug 2010. Light red in color(different from previous disgorgements which were more salmon in color). Spice and cherry aromas with interesting cherry, orange and spice flavors. A big Rosé in structure (like a still Pinot with bubbles) but with small bubbles, light mousse and reasonable amounts of acidity. Very good NV Rosé.
K&L Champagne Tent Event 2010 (Hollywood, CA): Quick Grade: B++ (Stacy liked this more than I did, I think because the nose initially had whiffs of those tubes of multi-colored liquid plastic that come with a little red straw so you can blow big bubbles. However, the taste and finish are rich and round with concentrated berry fruit)
– tasted non-blind over approx. 30 minutes – – this N.V. release is a blend of the ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, and ‘08 vintages –
NOSE: raspberry and violets; a bit minerally; not earthy.
BODY: rich pink color; lots of bubbles; medium-light bodied.
TASTE: intense red berry flavors; hint of mineral; good acid; nice crisp/clean cut; not earthy. I think I like this wine so much because the intense flavors make it a bit easier for me to “get” this wine, whereas I often struggle to understand more elegant Champagnes.
Served to out of town family. From memory. Lovely deep pink color. Nose of yeast and chocolate cherry. Dry crisp palate of citrus, pear, and cherry. Really good. I like the Vilmart Cuvee Rubis a bit better.
This beautiful pink bubbly is like a naughty school girl: the nose was floral and feminine, with a bit of citrus, but once you got to know her it was racy and hot with a mouthful of fruit and maybe even a touch of white pepper. Very long finish -- unlike the girl, this one sticks around.
Rhone and Riesling dinner (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): I just love these grower's Champagnes. 100% Pinot. Started off a bit shaky for me, with a distinct alcoholic edge adding a sense of imbalance. However, as the night wore on, this simply blossomed into a really nice Rosé - fully fruited and exuberant, yet with some stuffing. Rosy pink in colour, this had a fine, persistent bead and decent mousse. Nose was richly fruited, starting out with grapefruit and cherries, all pretty high-toned, which then mingled with touches of yeast, mineral and lots of nutty accents with time. The palate had a clean, crispness to it with a slight wash of heat at the back of the mouth at first. However, the heat went away with time as the fruit just unfolded into rich cherry and strawberry flavours wed to a little stream of minerality and a whole lot of juicy acidity at the finish. With time, a distinctly orange sherbet like flavours filled the back of the mouth. Very nice, and full of personality.
Grower Champagnes (Chateau Todd - Dana Point, CA): This was not the best bottle of this Rosé that I have had. Herbal and lean notes of unripe strawberries, lemongrass, and sugar cane. Pure and distinctive but just a bit too lean for me. 86-87 points.
Sparkling Wines (Waterford Wines Milwaukee): big dark bread on the nose. hints of fruit in there, but they're not jumping out at me as we pop and pour this wine. Great weight on the palate. sugar cookie floats on the finsih. what is it with aeration in the mouth and this nag champa floral note i keep getting. Ben seems to be getting quite a bit more fruit expression out of this wine. i'm not really seeming anything, but a strawberry hologram behind a curtain made of bread.
At Alinea (Chicago). Lovely light copper color. Compelling nose of Pinot fruit, with a touch of toasty, yeasty notes, and minerals. In the mouth, racy but quite full-bodied, a lovely combination of elegance and power. Plenty of fruit that is pure and singing, good acidity, soft and alluring finish. A-
Salmon pink color with a nice, small mousse. When I checked the nose, there were some lovely yeast and cherry notes, but it was marred by a disturbing chemical smell not unlike nitrogen based fertilizer. On the palate, there was yeast and cherry pastry, but the chemical/nitrogen component appeared in full force on the mid-palate. The finish had average length with cherry re-emerging and the chemical notes fading. The second glass was better than the first, but the chemical notes never disappeared. Overall, very disappointing because this champagne had some wonderful material that was distroyed by what I must assume was some type of bacterial spoilage.
everyone got naked over this. the rep practically wet himself extolling it's virtues, "buy all you can at this price. the next batch will be more expensive." kevin and i argued as well. he liked it (90), i thought it was pleasant, yet undistinguished.
Disgorged July 2007; A very interesting NV Rosé with a floral nose and fruity Pinot fruit and a minerally, crisp finish. Truly a velvet fist champagne - elegance with underlying structure. Improved with air time. Recommended.
Dinner with Friends (Chez Purdue): With appetizer. Super nose that had a lot of floral components. Pretty Champagne, but it also had quite a bit of power to go along with the finesse. Stood up nicely to the appetizer. I would buy this myself and recommend it highly.
Opened as an aperitif. Lovely Pinot fruit and fresh acidity, but with a beautiful silky texture. Fruits and nuts and a bit of biscuity goodness. Perfect with a piece of prosciutto and a melon ball or some salami,. but I imagine it could stand up to much more.
Great fruit. It is funny, my sister in law loves rose champagne- so that is why I buy some. I thought it needed to be a bit more elegant. She thought it needed a bit more flavor to make it a big time score (she gave it 92). Excellent NV though.
still my favorite rose champs. the pinot fruit is quite interesting and mature, and it layers on top of the biscuit and chalkiness of the champagne in an interesting and delicious way. this would work with cured meat, and i bet with venison or other game. this is just great wine.
This is the finest rose champagne I've tasted. i like the old pinot they use to make it - solera system complex mature pinot. the wine is a bit funky on the nose, but also sweet and inviting, earthy. the palate is clean and focused with good acidity and minerals, and also broad and mouth coating with red fruits. last night had it as an aperitif, probably is even better with food. duck? game? just outstanding.
Lovely pale pink color, reserved nose at first but then glows with strawberry, flowers, toast, and caramel. Fresh palate with strawberry and some chalk, but the thing is the texture and the structure - light and elegant but somehow full at the same time, solid and ethereal, great acid backbone. this is the top of excellent.
My last of six that I bought together about three years ago. I haven't had any newer lots that this, but I have had a few bottlings from earlier releases. I love this stuff. Not the most complex Champagne, but it is just delicious and fun. His vintage Champagnes are complex, but serious. This is the one you don't bring home to meet Mom. Strawberries, some brioche/biscuit, and who knows what else because I'm not paying attention. Not a fine bead, but it's OK. I am probably way too easy on this wine because I'm loving it...
Terry Theise Champage Tasting (Columbus, OH): Just traces of strawberry with light toasted biscuit and candied sweet cherry and vanilla. Balanced sweetness on the palate which holds up well to the tart acidity. A bit awkward but great flavors and character. ***-/5