Monday, October 12, 2009

NV Champagne

NV H. Billiot et Fils

NV H. Billiot et Fils Brut Réserve, AC Champagne Grand Cru

Grower Champagne. Built of about 80% pinot noir, from the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. Nice. A pretty average Friday, but I wanted to start the long weekend off properly with a proper bottle of wine. Chilled for 30 minutes, glasses out, twist the bottle, soft pop of the cork.

Straw yellow in colour, with a pleasing mousse. Initial bouquet, as the foamy bubbles fizz in the glass suggest yeasty aromas and fresh citrus. On the palate, the fruit is very pure and fresh, with a lively sweet tangerine character. Very bright. A mineral aspect as well, which develops on the finish. Good texture, with creaminess and focus. Fine bubbles in the mouth.

However great this wine was, I still take offense at the fact that I paid $59 for this bottle. I think I'm just about done with non-vintage Champagne. Just too one-demensional, especially given the prices it commands. And especially when there are $20 bottles of Cava that offer just as much.


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