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"Bright and elegant, this offers appealing flavors of ripe black cherry, raspberry and orange peel that show hints of toasted raisin bread, anise and sweet smoke. Offers a beautiful texture, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2015." (WS)
"The NV Brut Rose is especially full-bodied in this year’s version, which is based on 2005. Gorgeous notes of freshly cut flowers, raspberries, spices and minerals flow from this delicious Champagne. The wine possesses outstanding harmony, particularly in the way the fruit carries through to the long finish. The estate’s Rose is 45% Chardonnay, 25% Meunier and 30% Pinot Noir, of which 7-8 is still Pinot. Lot L 78204 28908A was disgorged September 2008.
Billecart-Salmon, based in Mareuil-sur-Ay, makes wines in a style that is all about timeless elegance. These Champagnes are characterized by their supreme balance. All of the 2008 vins claires I tasted showed remarkable harmony and transparency of site. Much of the aromatic complexity of the wines can be attributed to a preference towards cold temperatures in fermentation, which keeps the wines fresh. The domaine uses Burgundian oak barrels for a portion of the wines. The exact amount of batonnage and malolactic fermentation depend on the vintage. Prior to being bottled the wines are blended in a large steel tank to insure consistency, something the estate takes very seriously. In general the non-vintage wines receive 7-9 grams of dosage, while the vintage wines have 5-7 grams, depending on the year. Among current releases, I found the 1998s to be brilliant, while the 2000s, from a much more challenging growing season, come across as less refined. The estate does not disclose disgorgement dates, but a code on the foil wrapping can be traced back to a date." (WA)
"($75; disgorged June 30, 2010): Light orange. Tangerine, pear and flowers on the nose, which is complicated by a note of fennel. Broad and sappy but dry, with lively orange and strawberry flavors and a subtle note of spice cake. Weightier on the finish, which features an exotic note of spicy herbs. This Champagne’s delicate touch will make it work well with simple seafood dishes or even sashimi." (IWC)
A ROMANTIC CHAMPAGNE... First loved by women, its balance
and its delicacy have made it a revered wine appreciated
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.
Its pale pink colour is adorned with warm glints of gold, and
its delicate, slowly rising bubbles give it a persistent mousse.
This cuvée unveils a subtle aroma leading to an elegant,
delicate bouquet of fine notes of red fruits.
Its special method of vinification gives this cuvée a light,
elegant attack, followed by a fresh finish.
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).