Friday 97.0 – Réserve Perpetuelles from H.Billiot Fils & Vazart-Coquart

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Richard Juhlin

Every Friday The no1 Champagne expert in the world will taste new & old Champagne s to give You a tip or two for the weekend. This week Richard Juhlin tasted new champagne from Réserve Perpetuelles from H.Billiot Fils & Vazart-Coquart [read the full champagne story]

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H. Billiot Cuvée Laetitia (2017-base)

50PN 50CH

‘Today it is daughter Laetitia who steers the company. The prestige champagne that bears her name is now a perpetual solera from 1983 here until 2017. Disgorged in 2023 with a 6 gram dosage. Above all, there is a delicious orchid-like, slightly smoky and exotic florality that appeals. Sweet gooseberries, honey and red berries are wrapped in a well thickened base with lively and fresh acidic notes. The whole wine is fascinating if somewhat evasivly changeable and a bit elusive in the glass. Try storing. I think this creation is so nicely composed that it can stand a lot of time in the cellar.’

Vazart-Coquart ’82/13′


Only 900 bottles

‘A lovely Solera based on vintage 2013 and several vintages down to 1982. The mature vintages give a village-typical aroma of almond cake and amaretto. Otherwise, the wine is balanced and resilient with chalky minerality, some butteriness and a hint of mushroom and gunpowder smoke. Store a few extra years, but do not overdo it as the older parts of the wine may oxidize.’

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