François Billion, Grand Cru, Brut Millésime
Staff Pick

François Billion, Grand Cru, Brut Millésime - 2010

Item # 38337 750mL
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$124.96 $96.96 / Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

From a mere 2 and half-hectare Grower Producer located in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger comes this formidable vintage Champagne that is not only stunning in its youth but cellar-worthy. From a single parcel of Chardonnay vines. The initial fermentation is done with native yeasts, malolactic fermentation is avoided and the long aging on the lees, 72 months, allows for the most delicate of beads. A Champagne to enjoy with seafood.

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Staff Pick Notes

2010 rewarded the hard working growers of Chardonnay in Champagne. It was not an easy vintage by any means, but if you were adept and attentive you reaped bubbly with a lot of good stuffing. While the vintage’s zenith is still far off some examples of its quality are already popping up. François Billion’s vintage cuvée ages on the lees for 6 years before disgorgement. The result is budding champagne with the elegance of an older bottle. A gentle aroma of toasted coconut, vanilla, and smoke. The palate is teeming with rich flavors: crème brûlée, biscuits, and cognac cream. Though this is all delivered in a fine bead and slowly simmering mousse that downplays the depth underneath.

- SD

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