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December 200993 The oak-raised NV Brut Cuvee Laetitia is another explosive, kaleidoscopic Champagne from Billiot. This is the only wine in the lineup made principally from Chardonnay and is a solera-style Champagne containing 20 vintages beginning with the most recent, 2005, and dating back to 1983. This is a wine you could literally get lost in as the aromatics meld seamlessly into a palate of rich fruit that carries through all the way to the finish. The large-scaled, expansive personality of Ambonnay comes through in spades. The solera method has naturally given this wine a measure of slightly oxidative nuances, but within the context of similar wines, NV Brut Cuvee Laetitia remains quite fresh and vibrant. This is a magnificent effort from Billiot.
October 1, 200993 This is remarkably fresh for it to have such a large proportion of aged stock in it and while the nose is mature, there are absolutely no oxidative elements in it. In fact, I deliberately revisited this 24 hours after first opening it to see how the nose had evolved and I can report that there was very little discernable evolution. As I say, while fully mature, the mildly yeasty nose displays notes of baked apple, roasted nut and a dried rose petal nuance that also characterizes the rich, full and utterly delicious flavors that are also fresh and vibrant with plenty of energy and finishing punch. Often Champagnes with high percentages of reserves in them lack the same effervescence but that is certainly not the case here. This is a lovely effort that could be drunk now with pleasure or held for years to come.
November 30, 200692 Rich, with honey, peach and whole-grain bread flavors that turn to roasted nut and mineral on the finish. Deep and vinous, with a vivid structure and a long, honey and mineral aftertaste. Drink now through 2010. 50 cases imported.
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November 200690 Bright straw. Strong, floral-accented citrus and pear aromas, with a bright mineral underpinning. Tangy and bright on the palate, with energetic citrus flavors and a salty mineral quality adding precision and verve. Finishes juicy, fresh and long, with a complex range of herb and spice notes.
December 1, 201290 With a strong, mousse-like feel in the mouth, this is a lively offering. It’s yellow fruit is layered with toastiness. It has a rich feel, very much in the Billiot style, and a complex, compact character. It is ready to drink.