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H. Billiot Fils Cuvée Laetitia


SKU 09425


What I tasted was entirely open and forthright, with clear intensity and more Chardonnay hawthorne. It's nowhere near "modern" but it is more up-to-date; there's more greengage and spiciness, more scallop and saffron, and less of the funky temperament we knew (and yes, loved). This stacks up against any Champagne you'll ever find; a true Tête de Cuvée. In principle this is an ongoing solera freshened whenever there's wine of sufficient quality; this one goes back to `83 (though last year he said `85; things are a little fungible with our hero sometimes) but in any event it is a tremendous showing for this lovely wine; focus, power and complexity, wonderfully direct with ultra-fine diction; nervy and incisive, long and intense.
Category Sparkling Wine
Country France
Region Champagne
Brand H. Billiot Fils
  • st93

International Wine CellarComplex, minerally aromas of lemon, lime, spiced apple, violet and caraway seed. Dense, tactile and incisive, with urgent lemon, floral and spice flavors sharply defined by bracing acids. Wonderfully elegant, concentrated Champagne, at once brisk and round. Bracing finishing flavors of lemon and pink grapefruit.

Stephen Tanzer, December 2003
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorRich, 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.

Bruce Sanderson, November 30, 2006