H. Billiot Fils Brut Reserve
The solidity, length and complexity are incomparable, and the wine soars above its category. A lush, creamy style enlivened by a spine of mouthwatering acidity, this offers a finely knit range of fresh bread dough, cr me de cassis, star anise and candied ginger flavors. The finish is clean-cut and lingering, echoing a rich tang of salted almond. A 75-25 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, like almost all of Billiot’s wines, this does not undergo malolactic conversion, creating a powerfully structured, muscular wine. The fine bubbles add to the briskness of its mouthwatering red fruit, its fruit-skin depth making the finish rich. Pour it with hamachi kama (grilled yellowtail collar).