Champagne Day: H. Billiot Cuvee Julie
A 5 Hectare grower estate on the limestone soils of Ambonnay, H. Billiot has become one of the leading grower producers of Champagne, with his top cuvees (The Julie and Laetitia) attracting a cult following.
Do You Like a Little Oak?
Billiot traditionally ferments entirely in enameled stainless steel tanks and the wines never undergo malolactic. However, Cuvee Julie sees several months in oak casks, which assists its chardonnay and pinot noir blend by adding depth and rich complexity. I have heard the top wines compared to Krug, which may be a reasonable comparison, though these are uniquely endowed with the mature fruit of Billiot’s top Ambonnay Grand Cru vineyards. It is the quality of the fruit that prevents this wine from becoming overwhelmed by oak, which in my opinion was superbly integrated.
The Tasting Note
A Champagne composed of very ripe fruit of exceptional quality. A wine of opulent fruit, red berries, cream, a touch of brioche and a mineral tinged and extremely long finish. A wine that successfully combines density and elegance in an extremely vinous package. This is hedonistic champagne that is perfectly balanced and is ultimately an incredible wine that kills pretty much any house champagne at this price. Built both to drink now and for aging.
$140 at Kits Wine