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The 2015 Chaumuzy Blanc offers a deep golden hue, which is slightly frosted. The nose is opulent and rich with an unexpected power. Woody notes dominate fresh citrus zest which will round and blend over time. Brioche notes with candied citrus and dried fruits will then take over. The taste is a perfect image of the nose, revived by a beautiful acidity that gives a great freshness to the wine. This 2015 vintage is best served with seafood or oysters, in its youth. Over time, it can be enjoyed with white meat dishes with exotic or sweet notes.
Cuvée Nicolas François is made from solely Grand Cru fruit sourced from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine. The balance of a tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbana tea) and embodied by the line of noble flavours (fresh figs and exceptional teas). It maintains a consistency reflecting a distinct personality and retains a power controlled by a well integrated low dosage.
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This red wine has a beautiful purple colour with deep violet hues. On the nose, there is a fruity promise of blackcurrant berries, tangy red berries and fresh citrus fruits. The palate is light and fruity, true to the nose and slightly tannic. The barrel adds spicy notes which are nicely blended. This 2015 vintage can be served as an aperitif, with grilled white meat or barbecue food.
94 Points - James Suckling "Quite bright, fine and elegant on the nose. The complexity is subtly delivered, with lime and lemon citrus as the focus on the nose. The palate has lime sorbet flavor, really fine, focused acidity and a great sense of evenness. The duality of power and grace is quite masterfully delivered. Drink now or age for a further five years to catch this at its best." Tasted 10/7/15
Simply exquisite! The nose gives everything to love about vintage Champagne and can almost satisfy one just sitting there and smelling, getting lost in its dense, bready aromas. They fill the glass (Zalto universal) with toasted brioche, oatmeal, grapefruit peel and bruised apple. The years in bottle have done wonders, creating a rich toasty, almost creamy palate, generous and concentrated, supported by perfectly judged acidity keeping the whole experience fresh and vibrant with flavours of citrus peel and a touch of sherbet lemon. The wine continues to evolve in the glass and it is recommended leaving the bottle out of the fridge after opening allowing it to keep developing, each glass more satisfying than the last and an easy bottle to finish. It's drinking so well now but will continue for many more years. Only produced in the very best years, just ten vintages in the last thirty, this is truly magnificent wine and mind blowing for the price.
A terrior driven, 100% Chardonnay beautifully crafted from Grand Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs. The minerality and sheer finesse shines through to a sublime finish. Simply gorgeous!
97 Points - Antonio Galloni
A mesmerizing, thrilling Champagne, the 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is a great example of the vintage at its best. Silky and racy on the palate, yet a bit more restrained than many wines of the year, the Nicolas François Billecart remains vivid and remarkably nuanced. Brioche. apricot jam, wild flowers and honey are some of the many notes that blossom as the Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart shows off its voluptuous personality. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.
Indeed quite dry, as expected however, it’s super delicious and invigorates the palate. Minerality sings a beautiful tune and we adore the richness and creaminess which adds such balance.