Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 2002 still wears quite startling youthfulness, with sweet mango and anise-tinged pear tart and a lovely malic focus on the palate still burning a bright white light. Some meat is building around the bones now, though, with a touch of brown sugar and controlled, subtle toffee notes bringing some warmth into the picture. This is a slowly-moving wine and I would not worry about over-development if I held onto it; in fact, I would now wait three or four years for it to settle fully into a new pose. A very beautiful Champagne.

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Date Tasted : 07/06/2019

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