H. Billiot "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Subtle, with ripe fruit flavors of yellow apple and pear mixing with light smoke, ground spice and mineral notes. Clean, fresh and creamy. Disgorged November 2010. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Reserve is a rich, textured wine. Generous and soft, it shows excellent balance in an approachable style best suited to near-term drinking. The round, caressing finish is highly attractive. The Brut Reserve is 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 50% 2009, 25% each 2008 and 2007 vintages. Dosage is 11 grams per liter. Disgorged June 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
($57; 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay from the grand cru Ambonnay; disgorged June 24, 2009) Pale peach skin color. A highly perfumed bouquet offers scents of pear, green apple, wild strawberry, minerals and smoke. Firm, tightly wound citrus and red berry flavors stretch out a bit with air and pick up nuances of smoky herbs and dried flowers. The musky note comes back on the finish, which is slightly dry and gently smoky.