2007 Billecart-Salmon Millesime Brut Rose Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon

Year: 2007
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"An elegant rosé Champagne, fresh and focused, with the silky mousse carrying a fine range of nectarine and white cherry fruit, underscored by grated ginger, marzipan and saline flavors. Offers a lingering, creamy finish. Drink now through 2027. A.N." (WS)

"Aromas of red berries, orange rind, dried flowers, warm brioche and spices introduce the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth, one of the highlights of this tasting chez Billecart. It's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with an enveloping attack and a bright underlying spice of acidity, revealing plenty of chalky dry extract and concentration, concluding with a long and precise finish. Despite the style of the vintage and the fact that malolactic fermentation was largely blocked, this is quite a textural, powerful wine.

Billecart-Salmon is discreetly but significantly evolving. Since 2010, a new cellar has housed some 400 barrels for vinification and élevage, and since 2018, another cellar is home to oak foudres retaining some 80,000 liters of reserve wine. Meanwhile, Billecart's wines are spending longer and longer sur lattes, and fruit sourcing is changing-with more grand cru fruit replacing premier cru fruit-while volumes remain the same. Based on the trials underway in their emblematic Clos Saint-Hilaire, the next frontier will be the vineyards. This visit and tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and chef des caves Florent Nys underscored the impact of these quiet but important changes, and it's clear that this is a house that's going from strength to strength. I'll be reporting on Billecart-Salmon in greater depth in the future, but for now, all these recent releases come warmly recommended." (WA)

"A Champagne of precision and class, the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth is light, airy and finely cut. The blend is 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 50% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, with a touch of still Pinot from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Not surprisingly, the Chardonnay plays a significant role in shaping the wine’s personality and overall feel. Citrus, orchard fruit, crushed berry and floral notes are all nicely lifted. Partial malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors and textures vibrant. Dosage is 6 grams per liter." (VM)

"Beautifully toned red fruit with background mushroom and spice aromas, too. This is very fresh and gently complex. The palate has a vibrant array of zesty and succulent red berries and delivers an impressive, fluid and gently tart, strawberry finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

"This palest of rosés is ethereal, with a light texture that floats over the acidity and red-fruit flavors. Even after 12 years, the wine is still fresh and poised. It is ready to drink but even another two years would make it even better. -Roger Voss" (WE)