Billecart-Salmon


Billecart-Salmon Le Clos St Hilaire 1999 |Blanc de Noirs |1999

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon Le Clos St Hilaire 1999

Blanc de Noirs 1999

$945.00

- One of the region's most fascinating wines

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

- 1999 is only the fourth release with just 3500–7500 bottles, only made in top vintages.

Clos St-Hilaire 1999 is the walled 1ha vineyard behind the founders' house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, where the tuffeau soil was planted in 1964 to Pinot Noir. This sustainably farmed vineyard is ploughed by horses, and sheep graze here after harvest.

The wine is 100% vinified in the house's best old oak casks and aged for 15 years on its lees with no dosage. Made only in exceptional vintages, the 1999 follows on from the 1995, 1996 and 1998, and yields were tiny – just 6,750 bottles in 1999, all individually numbered.

It has a very overt nose of the Clos' characteristic old-rose scent, along with orange blossom, ripe nectarine, toasted almonds and honeyed apricots. It's intense and concentrated on the palate, showing mature sous bois, nougat and spiced apple compote alongside balancing acidity.

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. Its 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 vine.
- Zero dosage
- Disgorged in June 2014
- Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023


"The mark of Billecart is made not by the heavy foot?all 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. Truffle, caviar or aged parmesan.

Technical details

- Yielding a minuscule 40–45hL/hectare, less than one bottle per vine.
- Zero dosage
- Disgorged in June 2014
- Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023


Food pairing

Anything spectacular. Truffle, caviar or aged parmesan.

About the house

"The mark of Billecart is made not by the heavy foot?all 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. 

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Foods


Nougat

Stone Fruit


Apricot Nectarine

Herbs & Spices


Spice