2002 Billecart Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François - 6x75cl
  • Colour Champagne_Sparkling
  • Producer Billecart-Salmon
  • Region Champagne
  • Grape Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier
  • Drinking 2017 - 2035
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available Now

2002 - Billecart Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François - 6x75cl

  • Colour Champagne_Sparkling
  • Producer Billecart-Salmon
  • Region Champagne
  • Grape Pinot Noir / Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier
  • Drinking 2017 - 2035
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £1,064.58 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £870.00 In Bond
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  • Antonio Galloni, Nov 2020, Score: 96

    The 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is outrageously beautiful. The ripeness of the Chardonnay is front and center in a Champagne that delivers the goods, big-time. An infusion of apricot, orange peel, crème brûlée, chamomile, hazelnut and honey give the 2002 its racy, exotic personality. I enjoy it most with bottle age, but the 2002 is undeniably beautiful right now. The 2002 is a stunning NFB. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, done partially in oak (20%). 96/100.

  • Wine Advocate, July 2019, Score: 97

    The 2002 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François was disgorged in January 2015 with four grams per liter dosage, and it's showing superbly, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles confit citrus, peach and dried papaya with nuances of iodine, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a rich and layered core that's underpinned by serious structure and tension, concluding with a long and precise finish. This is one of the finest wines Billecart has released in the last decade, and it is well worth seeking out.

  • Jancis Robinson, May 2019, Score: 18.5

    60% Pinot Noir (premier and grand cru vineyards from Montagne de Reims and Grande Vallée de la Marne). 40% Chardonnay (premier and grand cru vineyards from Côte des Blancs). 10 years lees ageing. Dosage 4 g/l which has gradually been reduced from 6 g/l. Released in 2016. 2006 and 2002 both on the market with the former much more evolved. Their prestige Brut which seems to work best if it's a 60:40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Matthieu Billecart wants to keep some back. Quite evolved but still with that tension. Notably pungent. Very brioche and tight and gently sparkling. Very gently unwinding. Long and neat but definitely not austere. (The 1996 is apparently great now.) Electrically reverberant.

Producer

Billecart-Salmon

The Champagne House Billecart Salmon was founded in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon were married. The House has remained within the family and is now run by the seventh generation of descendants. They maintain the legend of this "spirit of Champagne." The passion of the grape cultivated as a philosophy around three principal values "finesse, balance and elegance."

Region

Champagne

Champagne, the world's greatest sparkling wine, needs little introduction - with imitations produced in virtually every country capable of growing grapes, including such unlikely candidates as India and China. The Champagne region, to the north of Paris, has the most northerly vineyards in France, with vines grown on slopes with a southerly exposure to maximise sunlight. The soil is chalky, providing an excellent balance of drainage and water retention. The key to the wine is in the cellar - the bubbles result from a second fermentation in the bottle and the rich toasty flavours in great Champagne come from extended bottle ageing on the yeasty lees. Until the eighteenth century, the wines produced in the Champagne area were light acidic white wines, with no hint of sparkle. However glass and closure technology developed at that time and it was not long before Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautvilliers, started experimenting with blends and produced the first recognisable champagne. In a world accustomed to still wines, the advent of champagne was almost a flop. It was saved when it became fashionable at the French court as a result of Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour commenting "Champagne is the only wine that lets a woman remain beautiful after she has drunk it." And the rest is history, with famous (or infamous) champagne lovers including Casanova, Dumas, Wagner, Winston Churchill, James Bond and Coco Chanel.