92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): "A pungent nose blends plenty of petrol character with those of brioche, yeast, Meyer lemon and green apple. I was impressed with the excellent complexity of the utterly delicious and solidly concentrated flavors that are shaped by a moderately fine and firm mousse, all wrapped in a lingering and sappy finish that walks a fine line between not being particularly dry yet avoids any hint of sweetness. This full-flavored effort will most please those who enjoy bold Champagne rather than those of finesse and refinement. Drink: now+."
91 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The new release of Serge Billiot’s Brut Réserve is its customary cépages of seventy-five percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent chardonnay. As the last disgorgement of this wine was fifty percent base year of 2013 and the balance an equal mix of 2012 and 2011 juice, I assume that new bottling has moved up a year and we have half 2014 base wine and the balance from the previous two years. The wine delivers fine aromatic complexity in its blend of apple, white peach, chalky soil tones, bread dough and incipient smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and very nicely balanced, with a fine core, elegant mousse, good focus and grip and a long, bright and classy finish. This seems a bit more forward than the bottle I tasted last year (could this be the same wine with a further year aging sur latte?) and is already drinking very nicely."
|SubRegion||Montagne de Reims|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay|