98 Points Tyson Stelzer
This is still developing much slower than anyone, including its maker, François Domi, anticipated of the harrowing 2000 vintage. Such is the endurance of this cuvée that it has still not diminished one iota in the seven years since I first reviewed it in 2008 and named it Wine of the Year in the inaugural edition of The Champagne Guide. A wine of wonderful volume and epic focus and liveliness, it sits within a frame of restrained mineral expression and pinpoint clarity. The pinot’s authority is controlled by the chardonnay’s tone. Malic acidity cracks the controlling whip, energising fresh, youthful notes of white citrus, flowing seamlessly into those warm, yellow late-summer fruits, becoming bees wax and butter. A whiff of grilled toast reduction adds another dimension, finishing with great power of chalk mineral texture. One of the greatest 2000s, holding its head high with sensational poise, magnificent acid drive and outstanding persistence. It continues to drink majestically, and who knows for how long?
Source: Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.
94 Points Robert Parker
The 2000 Brut Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart impresses for its sheer purity and focus. Nothing is out of place in this beautifully delineated, precise wine. Cool, minty notes add lift, yet the 2000 is rather reticent at this stage and appears to need further bottle age. Still, its textural finesse is impossible to miss. This is Lot # L15215505599A. Disgorged February 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
Source: Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) by Antonio Galloni. January, 2011
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