The One and Only: Billecart-Salmon – 2008, the Vintage of a Lifetime!
Posted on: 09/5/19 5:54 PM
For customers who enjoy purity and brightness in their champagnes, look no further than the brilliant wines of Billecart-Salmon. The essence of this historical house style can be found in their meticulous production, from the double débourbage to their signature long, slow, very cool fermentation. The end results are wines that are renowned for their elegance and deeply impressive aging capability.
Today we’re extremely excited to offer you a rare opportunity to boost your champagne collection with some unbelievable vintages–including 2008, 2006 and 2002. The sub-$100 price tag for the 2008 alone is enough to go nuts over but we also are including ridiculous deals including the excellent prestige cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart, as well. In short, if you collect bubbles (or want to start) this rare offer is not to be missed!
2008 Billecart-Salmon Vintage Extra Brut
“The newly released 2008 Extra Brut Vintage from Billecart-Salmon is still—predictably—quite youthfully reticent, opening in the glass with a lively bouquet of citrus oil, crisp white peach, white flowers, cardamon and nutmeg. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, chiseled and precise, with a tight-knit core, lovely underlying chalky extract and a tensile finish. This is a vintage Billecart with more-than-usual upside, and it will be worth following for two decades in a cold cellar.” 93+ Points, Wine Advocate
2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois
“Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way.” 97 Points, Wine Advocate
2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois
“Always the finest wine of the house, now rightly promoted as their prestige cuvée. A luminous gold colour with green tints indicates how youthful this still is. It is hard to do justice to its very high quality – latent power and density without heaviness, and supreme finesse. Brillant with wood-roasted turbot. One of the greatest wines of a great year.” 98 Points, Decanter
2002 Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire
“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!” 98 Points, Wine Advocate
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