Very nice bubbly; this shows very nicely the Ambonnay pinot noir that is so famous. The nose has pear, brioche, ginger, and baked apple. There is just a hint of fresh raspberry. The palate is rich and full bodied with a beautifully plush mouthfeel and lovely spice, fruit, and lees. Very enjoyable. This bottle was disgorged in 5/2012.
Opened at the condo in Kapalua as we were packing to leave for home. Didn't get the disgorge info, but this was a recent purchase. Citrus and biscuit dough. This needs a bit of time in cellar to come together.
The disgorgement date on this is scraped and illegible. anyway, I know that I have had it for at least4 years, maybe 5. this was delicious and to me the bottle age added to the interest. rich and yeasty with the acids muted just enough to soften it. why can't everybody get something like this into the bottle :)
June 2011 disgorgement, and a few years of cellaring has been very rewarding. Shows lots of fresh apple fruit, yeast and light toast. The freshness is wonderful as an aperitif, and also cuts through the richness of the Thanksgiving meal.
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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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