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Goedhuis, June 2012
Shining bright lime green colour, this has a beautifully clean citrus fruit aromas, in the palate it offers a wonderful balance between elegance and vibrant exuberance. It is a beautiful example of the grace and poise achieved in the very best Blanc de Blancs, with its delicate floral and citrus flavours and deliciously fine gentle mousse. A wine full of poise and presence. Delicious.
Wine Advocate, September 2020,
Based on the 2014 vintage, supplemented by some 30% of reserve wines, Billecart's newly released NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru offers up a classic bouquet of freshly baked bread, crisp orchard fruit, citrus oil and wet stones. Medium to full-bodied, chalky and incisive, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit, racy acids and a pinpoint mousse, it's as bright and precise as ever.
Josh Raynolds, January 2015,
(made from fruit grown in Cramant, Avize, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger; 8 g/l dosage; L402339 15193A): Light yellow-gold. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass and chalky minerals. Spicy, focused and mineral-driven, with intense Meyer lemon, tangerine and pear skin flavors given depth by a hint of brioche. A note of smokiness builds on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding floral persistence.
Jancis Robinson, June 2019,
Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger. Their only cuvée. Unoaked. Mainly 2013. 30% reserve wines 2012 and 2011. Disgorged September 2018. Dosage 7 g/l. Very pure. Very fresh and zesty. Matthieu says he’d like to age it another year. They struggle with demand for this wine especially. Pretty. Not complex but a lovely aperitif style of Blanc de Blancs. Quite long. It’s relatively simple but absolutely pure and super-refreshing.
Producer Note, December 2007
This Chardonnay cuvée has been elaborated from five Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. It is a blend of two different years, revealing the special quality of the Chardonnay. A cuvée that will surprise you with its almond aromas mixed with those of fruits of white flesh. The complexity and power of its vinosity characterise the evolution of this Blanc de Blancs, a cuvée specially appreciated and distinguished for its fresh, elegant finish.
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."
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.