H. Billiot Fils Cuvée Julie
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This is the first release of a new cuvée named after Billiot's first grandchild, and it spent some 7 months in barrique (mostly used)-the only wine in the house to see any wood whatsoever-it's all 1999 but the label won't say. I didn't taste oak at all, improbably enough, just a stunning thrust of Pinot Noir fruit, I mean schweet Pinot Noir fruit; full of mass and smoulder, a fine Champagne in the old school.
Assertive and viscous, with malt and whole-grain bread notes accented by citrus. Attractive now, but will gain more toast and nut flavors with a little age. Long, nutty finish. Drink now through 2010. 30 cases imported.