Purchased in 2010, but we couldn't find the disgorgment date, this has been in my cellar for 5 years. Tastes like aged champagne, with brioche, butterscotch and some truffle. What it lacks for in crispness and cut, it makes up with complexity and nuance. A nice start, paired with salt cod fritters, lemon cream.
Disgorged Jan 2013 Light Yellow On the nose, apple, bread, citrus, mineral. On the palate, green apple, nice sharp acidity. Medium+ finish One year later, still very good, but will continue to improve.
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(NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve) Very light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; oxidative, oxidative apple nose; tasty, oxidative apple, mineral, tart golden raspberry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (50% 2010, 50% 2009-2008; disgorged Jan. 2013)
(NV Henri Billiot Brut Réserve) ($62.00) This 2/11 disgorgement is 50%’08 and 25% each ’07-’06; it is wincing from disgorgement and hard to read, as happened last year. It needs coaxing. The substance is clear from an Extra-Brut tasted alongside that had four months on the cork. Still, no NV Brut in all of Champagne has a better track record for excellence than this one.
(NV H. Billiot Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve) Luscious orange creamsickle, orange blossom and honeysuckle nose; rich palate of honeysuckle, papaya, banana, ripe orange, very fruity but also with good acidity; medium-plus finish
(HENRI BILLIOT BRUT RESERVE) #1 (tie); NOSE-more steely, blue stone, wet rock, yeasty, apple pie crust, hint of lemon; TASTE-sweeter, candied strawberry, bubble gum, big mouth feel, long finish, ST-90; GV-92
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