N.V. Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 94
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$69.95

"A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. -A.N." (WS)

"Pale yet intense pink in color the Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé is pure, fresh and intense on the nose, with lovely raspberry aromas, refreshing citrus zest flavors and great definition. On the palate this is a pure, light and vinous rosé with great finesse and a long, well-structured and even juicy finish. This iconic rosé blends 40% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the southern slopes of Epernay and 30% Pinot Noir (with a small part added as red wine) from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Fabulous. Tasted from lot L 142B804 45564, which is based on the 2015 harvest and 40% reserve wines and was disgorged in February 2018. Tasted November 2018." (WA)

"($75) (roughly 50% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 15% pinot meunier; L344234): Light orange. Vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas are complicated by notes of tea rose, smoky lees and chalky minerals. Bright, incisive red fruit flavors pick up a toasty nuance with air. Fresh, incisive and refreshingly tangy, with impressive finishing clarity and stony persistence." (VM)

"A gorgeous rosé Champagne with sliced strawberries, orange peel and hints of cream and pie crust. Medium body, tight and integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Tangy acidity. The texture shows a fine bead and lightness. Long and intense. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
A ROMANTIC CHAMPAGNE... First loved by women, its balance and its delicacy have made it a revered wine appreciated by everyone.

COMPOSITION:
The production “secrets” and the vinification method of this cuvée go back to the origins of the House of BILLECARTSALMON and have been handed down for seven generations. The Brut Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vinified as white wine with a small percentage of Pinot Noir vinified as red wine.

APPEARANCE:
Its pale pink colour is adorned with warm glints of gold, and its delicate, slowly rising bubbles give it a persistent mousse.

AROMA:
This cuvée unveils a subtle aroma leading to an elegant, delicate bouquet of fine notes of red fruits.

PALATE:
Its special method of vinification gives this cuvée a light, elegant attack, followed by a fresh finish.

SERVING:
This rosé champagne is an ideal partner to an aperitif, but can also accompany a dish of wild salmon or sushi. For dessert, it will add a sublime touch to red fruit flavours.

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).