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Community Tasting Notes (78) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • Color on the yellow side. Medium+ intense nose with developed aromas of butter, mushrooms, corn, distinct oak and milky ML notes. But there is also a good complexity with jasmine flowers, citrus fruit, redcurrants, wet concrete and toast.

    Quite round with a medium acidity with just traces of tartness, full, almost oily body and a high intensity and a long finish.

    High quality Champagne, in a rather special style. Apparently a Solera of 20 vintages. This bottle was disgorged in 2012.

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  • Fabulous farmer fizz. Aged several years in my cellar. Nice mousse and bead. Shines on the palate. Beautiful balance of bread and minerals with a hint of peaches and flowers. Cross between a Pol Roger and Bollinger. Smooth as silk.

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  • Disgorged 2011. Seemed a bit oxidized. Sour finish. Like drinking sparkling vinegar. But the nose was really interesting.

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  • Opened by Mark. He purchased this at the winery during our trip from Laetitia herself. This non vintage wine is a blend of 20 vintages and is made in a solera style. Disgorged Sept 2013. This is one of 2 Tete du Cuvees made by this estate. Majority Chardonay. Wonderful stuff if you like deep, rich, full bodied Champagne. Golden hue. Lighter bead with fine bubbles. Very aromatic with aromas of rasted hazelnuts. Chalky and minerally with notes of peaches and powerful apple flavors. This kicked it in with secondary cherry notes on the persistent finish. 95 points.

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  • The most interesting champagne I have had rich nutty mushrooms. Notes of oxidized green apples. I know some call this a fault I find it interesting

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November 2012, (See more on Vinous...)

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    Champagne: So Much More Than a Celebration Wine (Oct 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

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    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/13/2013, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 88 points

    (NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvée Laetitia) Light yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles; oxidative, apple, Amontillado sherry nose; oxidative, oxidized apple, lightly nutty, Amontillado sherry, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/15/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 87 points

    (NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvée Laetitia) Light yellow color with abundant mousse; oxidized, tart apple, citrus nose; oxidized, tart apple, citrus palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvée Laetitia) Light yellow color with few, smallish bubbles; intense, tart peach, orange nose; tasty, complex, tart peach, tart orange, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

Terry Theise Estate Selections

  • By Terry Theise
    2011 Champagne Catalog, 6/1/2011, (See more on Terry Theise Estate Selections...)

    (NV Henri Billiot "Cuvée Laetitia") ($110.00) It tells you something when you consider that a 3,750-case estate produces two Têtes de Cuvée; says there’s a wine-freak at the helm who never had a marketing-thought in his life. Though it has always been majority-Chardonnay, Billiot has increased the proportions lately. Old bottlings of Laetitia (which I dearly wish I’d kept, damn it) were fathomless and sometimes inscrutable. Leviathans of vinosity, but you had to tuck in and live with a bottle for an hour or so. Not any more. What I tasted was entirely open
    and forthright, with clear intensity and more Chardonnay hawthorne. It’s nowhere near “modern” but it is more up-to-date; there’s more greengage and spiciness, more scallop and saffron, and less of the funky temperament we knew (and yes, loved). This stacks up against any Champagne you’ll ever find; a true Tête de Cuvée. Wow, this is the best Laetitia I’ve yet tasted; it extends the silky transparency of the ’04 into even more raciness and incisiveness. Really by now and in the last few years this wine swings between outstanding and stellar according to time on the cork, but this 1/10 disgorgement is stunningly good, with fine measured power and high fluting brilliance. Now contains every “vintage” between 1983-2005

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    1/23/2008, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (NV Henri Billiot Cuvee Laetitia) This was fantastic stuff. I have never had this cuvee before but have heard so many good things about it that I had to try it. The nose is deep and layered right off the bat with lovely almond brioche complexity and minerals. The palate was just amazing. Deep, opulent and very refined. There was lovely rich almond-tinged fruit and great purity. The acid was very nice but not quite up to my zippy standards. Teh finish was long and detailed. This was great and performed above my expectations.

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