Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 98 - Entirely vinified in oak and disgorged in May 2018, after 15 years on the lees in bottle, the 2002 Millésime Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is a single-plot Blanc de Noirs from Pinot Noir vines planted in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1964. Highly fine and pure on the deep, elegant and spicy nose, with intense mirabelle and apricot flavors, this is a pure, salty, very finessed yet tensioned, complex, mineral and refreshing Pinot with intense and well-concentrated fruit, a juicy texture and persistent structure. The finish is very long but pure, fresh, salty and, in any case, highly stimulating! Total production: 3,700 bottles. Tasted November 2018.
Clos Saint Hilaire reveals a visual burst of sparkling rays of pink-gold. A blossoming and generous sensorial pleasure is characterized by the depth of the aromas of candied fruits, honey, melted butter and truffles. On the palate, the wine is powerful in a noble and distinguished manner. Its persistent finish draws to a close with notes of spices and praline.