NV Henri Billiot "Cuvee Laetitia" Grand Cru Brut Champagne, Ambonnay, France It seems that this week has me on a sparkling wine kick, and I see no reason to stop. As I often say (to myself and others who bother to listen): it took me a while to get here, but now I realize that we are all drinking far too little Champagne. These days, the whole world isn't drinking much Champagne, which is why the industry is in a bit of a crisis -- at least the really big players are.
Chardonnay and Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier. Exceptionally fine cuvée which exudes aromas of pear and nuts which marry with hints of white flowers and faint toasty notes. Strong assertive opening, powerful yet contained.