H. Billiot et Fils, Brut Grand Cru Millésimé Ambonnay 2008

Terry Theise and Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY.

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards in Ambonnay. No malolactic fermentation.

Yellow-gold. A complexly wafting perfume of tonka bean, beefsteak tomato, and normandy cider-like pear fruit reinforce an alluring illusion of sweetness. Rich and noble suggestion of bone broth lends unanticipated savor. At once sappy and luminous and predictably for its vintage, this finishes with more nuances than one can find mineral descriptors for. Now – 2028+.

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