Billecart-Salmon


Billecart-Salmon Le Clos St Hilaire 1998 |Blanc de Noirs |1998

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon Le Clos St Hilaire 1998

Blanc de Noirs 1998

$915.00

- One of the region's most fascinating wines

- 100% Pinot Noir Champagne made from a small one hectare plot, located in Mareuil-sur-Ay

- 1998 is only the third release with just 3500–7500 bottles, only made in top vintages

Clos Saint Hilaire reveals a visual burst of sparkling rays of pink-gold. A blossoming and generous sensorial pleasure is characterised by the depth of the aromas of candied fruits, honey, melted butter and truffles. On the palate, the wine is powerful in a noble and distinguished manner. Its persistent finish draws to a close with notes of spices and praline.

The 1998 Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire emerges from the glass with an exotic array of intensely perfumed, candied fruit. The wine possesses gorgeous textural richness in a deep, layered expression of Pinot Noir. The mousse remains refined and very elegant all the way through to the deeply satisfying, resonating finish. 

Rated 100 points by Tyson Stelzer: "To stand in this place and behold Le Clos Saint­-Hilaire is a time­-stopping experience that will stir the depths of your soul. It's twilight won’t fade for at least another 15 years."

Note: This special item comes from our private cellar. Please add 2 days to our delivery time frame. 

- Yielding a minuscule 40-45hL/hectare, less than one bottle per wine
- Harvested in two passes at full ripeness
- Vinified in situ and fully fermented in oak
- Zero dosage
- Ageing on lees: 15 years
- Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023

    "The mark of Billecart is made not by the heavy footfall of concentration, power and presence, but rather by the fairy touch of delicacy and crystal/clear fidelity."
    - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide.

    One of the leading families of Champagne, this medium sized, high quality domain is one to be admired. Billecart-Salmon (Pronounced beel-kahr sahl-moh) have a fresh, clean and elegant style. They champion the use of the meunier grape which is often added to other cuvees without fanfare in other houses. The absolutely pristine wine making facilities located in Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ are overseen by multiple generations of the family as well as chef winemaker Francois Domi. The house purposely ferments at a lower temperature elongating the ferment to weeks and not days as can be standard in champagne, which helps capture the pristine nature of the fruit. Every step of the wine making process at the house is artful, right down to the precision of the dosage which is unique for every disgorgement conducted in batches. 

    Anything spectacular. Vintage parmesan, caviar and your favourite lover.

    Technical details

    - Yielding a minuscule 40-45hL/hectare, less than one bottle per wine
    - Harvested in two passes at full ripeness
    - Vinified in situ and fully fermented in oak
    - Zero dosage
    - Ageing on lees: 15 years
    - Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023

      Food pairing

      Anything spectacular. Vintage parmesan, caviar and your favourite lover.

      About the house

      "The mark of Billecart is made not by the heavy footfall of concentration, power and presence, but rather by the fairy touch of delicacy and crystal/clear fidelity."
      - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide.

      One of the leading families of Champagne, this medium sized, high quality domain is one to be admired. Billecart-Salmon (Pronounced beel-kahr sahl-moh) have a fresh, clean and elegant style. They champion the use of the meunier grape which is often added to other cuvees without fanfare in other houses. The absolutely pristine wine making facilities located in Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ are overseen by multiple generations of the family as well as chef winemaker Francois Domi. The house purposely ferments at a lower temperature elongating the ferment to weeks and not days as can be standard in champagne, which helps capture the pristine nature of the fruit. Every step of the wine making process at the house is artful, right down to the precision of the dosage which is unique for every disgorgement conducted in batches. 

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