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H. Billiot 'Cuvée Julie' Brut

Cépages: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Assemblage: 100% 2010
Vineyard/Village: Ambonnay Grand Cru
Malo: No
Elevage: Used French oak for 6 months
En Tirage Aging: 60 months
Producer:
Vintage:
NV
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Appellation:
Montagne de Reims
Variety:
Blend- Champagne
Color:
White

Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
91+
Date:
2020-04-30
Review:
Derived entirely from the 2010 vintage, the latest rendition of the NV Brut Cuvée Julie was disgorged in October 2017 with six grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of macadamia nuts, crisp yellow orchard fruit and white flowers, it's medium to full-bodied, tight-knit and muscular, with a deep and introverted core, racy acids and a saline finish. This is quite a youthfully firm rendition of this cuvée, and another year in bottle should see it relax appreciably.

Spectator

Score:
93
Date:
2011-11-30
Review:
This aromatic bubbly offers an exotic mix of flavors, with honeysuckle, marjoram, myrrh, coconut and ginger notes accenting patisserie apple, kiwifruit, honey and toast flavors. It's all packaged with vibrant, balanced acidity and finely detailed texture. Drink now through 2020. –AN

Tanzer

Score:
92
Date:
2013-12-20
Review:
(75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay from Ambonnay): Light, bright pink. Spicy, floral aromas of red berries, white peach, honey and toasted bread. Juicy, penetrating red berry and citrus fruit flavors show impressive clarity and pick up a mineral quality with air. Notes of candied rose and orange zest carry through a long, sappy, perfumed finish.

Burghound

Score:
94
Review:
(100% from 2005 that saw approximately 8 months in cask). This is a very
interesting cuvée because it will very quickly answer any questions you may have about whether you enjoy noticeable wood in
your Champagne. Sometimes, it can add breadth and depth and sometimes it can take away part of what makes Champagne
Champagne, which is the racy and firm acid spine. In this particular case, the time in wood has very definitely added depth,
not only from the slightly oxidative character but it has contributed mightily to the complexity. However, long-time readers
know that I believe that there is no free lunch and in that sense, what has been gained in terms of depth has been lost in terms
of freshness and precision. Some will like the trade-off and some will prefer tighter and more classically styled examples. I
actually quite like this because it’s delicious and it’s relatively rare to obtain this much complexity and flat out superb length in
a toasty package. That said, I have to underscore that this is not my preferred style even though I can admire it for what it is.
In sum, if you enjoy wood-influenced Champagne, this is terrific. By contrast, if you don’t, it would be best to look elsewhere.
94/now+

Champagne Guide

Score:
*(*)
Date:
2010-11-01
Review:
This is entirely from the 2005 harvest, and made of roughly equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay, although as always, the Billiots don’t reveal the exact composition. It was fermented in tank but aged for nearly eight months in barrique, and while the wood is a bit overly prominent on the nose, the fruit feels energetic and bright. On the palate it’s dominated in flavor by exotic citrus notes of chardonnay while the pinot noir seems to give it breadth and body, and overall it’s well-balanced, its ripe depth feeling sleek in shape and subtly nuanced on the persistent finish. Last tasted: 3/10

Vinous Media

Score:
91
Date:
2013-11-01
Review:
Apricot, peach, nutmeg, anise and spice notes flesh out in the NV Brut Cuvée Julie Grand Cru. Vinification in oak shapes the wine noticeably, especially in its sense of volume and pure texture. Still, all the elements are in the right place. There is plenty of vintage 2006 power and personality, but it is impossible to wonder what the Cuvée Julie might be like with a bit of a lighter hand in the cellar with respect to cooperage. Layers of fruit continue to blossom as this expressive Champagne opens up further with air. Cuvée Julie is equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all vintage 2006, aged in a combination of neutral and new oak. This bottle was disgorged in May 2013.