N.V. Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve 1.5 L

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 92
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$99.95

"Aromatic and spicy, with cedar, honey and ginger notes matching a firm structure and lean, intense character. Fine length. Drink now." (WS)

"The NV Brut Reserve is a beautiful wine graced with layers of exquisite, mineral laced citrus, pears and white peaches. I suppose this could use a little more length through the mid-palate, but it is nevertheless a strikingly beautiful, pure wine at this price point. This is Lot 28201 03667A. Disgorged May 11, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.

This is a fine set of new releases from Billecart-Salmon. I admire these Champagnes for their trademark crystalline purity and exceptional sense of balance." (WA)

"($45) (40% pinot meunier, 30% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay; L200352): Light, bright gold. Fresh red berries, orange zest and white flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering energetic redcurrant and blood orange flavors that show good concentration and a supple texture. A mineral nuance adds bite to the finish, with the floral note echoing." (VM)

"This has impressive ripe stone fruits on the nose with peaches, mangoes, melon and cherries. Really upbeat and attractive purity. The palate follows the same thread of fruit characters with a clever balance of flesh and crunch, a bright finish and good balance. Drink now. A blend of roughly equal thirds of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier." (JS)

Winery Notes:
HARMONY AND BALANCE:... a result of the ageing process in our traditional cellars. Elegant aromas, a full, vinous palate, followed by a lovely freshness, for a cuvee which is right for every occasion in life…

COMPOSITION:
The BILLECART-SALMON Brut Réserve is a round, harmonious and balanced champagne. Its blend has remained unchanged since 1945 : grapes from three different years - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, from the best sites of the Marne.

APPEARANCE:
This cuvée, with reflections of straw yellow, stands out by the finesse of its slowly rising bubbles and its persistent mousse.

AROMA:
Maturity touched with floral freshness for this cuvée that breathes aromas of ripe pears.

PALATE:
A full, vinous attack followed by a fine freshness and a rich bouquet bear witness to the ageing of this cuvée in the House’s traditional cellars.

SERVING:
The BILLECART-SALMON Brut Réserve is your partner throughout the day. It can be consumed with a wide variety of dishes on all kinds of occasions. It should be served at 8° C and can be laid down for up to 10 years in an appropriate cellar.

Champagne Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818, with the marriage of Nicholas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, and is run today by their descendent, Francois Rolland-Billecart. The firm owns 74 acres of its own vines, and buys in grapes from another 346 acres as well. Ninety percent of the fruit comes from within a 20-mile radius of Epernay, with some 35 crus contributing. Several cuvées are made: NV Brut Réserve (Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, the blend having remained unchanged since 1945); NV Brut Rosé (Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, with a small amount of the latter vinified as red wine); NV Brut Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay blended from two different years and sourced from five Cote de Blancs crus: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger); NV Demi-Sec (the same wine as the NV Brut Reserve, but with a higher dosage); Vintage Cuvée Nicholas Francois Billecart (first made in 1964, this is a blend of Chardonnay grands crus from the Cote des Blancs and Pinot Noir grands crus from the Montagne de Reims); Vintage Cuvee Elizabeth Salmon Rosé (first made in 1988, this is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vinified as white wine to which has been added a small amount of Mareuil-sur-Ay Pinot Noir vinified as red); Vintage Grande Cuvée (first made in 1982, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from select grands crus sites is aged 10 years in the Billecart cellars).