H. Billiot 'Cuvée Laetitia' Brut
cépage 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
assemblage 2014, 85% reserves back to 1983
village/vyd Ambonnay Grand Cru; Limestone, clay, chalk
élevage Enameled tanks
sur latte 48+ Months
dégorgement Variable (8C)
Montagne de Reims
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Press & Reviews
Disgorged in July 2018, the latest rendition of the NV Brut Cuvée Laetitia is based on the 2013 vintage blended with a perpetual reserve that dates back to 1983. Offering up aromas of burnished orchard fruit, toasted walnuts and citrus rind, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and sapid, with ripe but racy acids and a tangy, saline finish.
The NV Brut Cuvée Laetitia is terrific, especially in the way it balances energy with the richness of Ambonnay. The addition of reserve wines back to 1983 adds considerable nuance and complexity. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and a whole range of Chardonnay inflections add brightness to a core of Pinot fruit. The are some rough edges, but also enough personality to look past them. This is a fabulous edition of the Laetitia. Disgorged: December 6, 2018.