Billecart-Salmon


Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François 2007 |Vintage |2007

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François 2007

Vintage 2007

$390.00

- A balanced and rich champagne made from the excellent 2007 vintage

- One of the house's most prestigious cuvées

- Aged 10 years on lees, it is real gem for any champagne collector 

This exceptional cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s founder. It results from the blending of Grands Crus from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir).

Appearance: A lovely colour of sparkling yellow gold veiled in luminous golden reflections. Aroma: Fine malted notes associated with orchard fruit (white peach, nectarine, Lorraine plum) refined by the purity of the complex mandarin zest aromas.

Palate: There is a balanced tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (seeded and stone fruit, citrus fruit, warm madeleines) and embodied by the line of noble resinous flavours (spruce and juniper berries from Houlle)

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

20% vinified in oak barrels | Ageing on lees: 10 years | Dosage: 4 g/l

"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. 

 

60% pinot noir from the premier and grand crus of the Montagne de Reims and Grande Vallée de la Marne, 40% chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs; 79% grand crus and 21% premier crus; 15% vinified in oak barrels; aged 10 years on lees; 6g/L dosage; cork. 

2007 will forever lurk in the shadow of 2008, yet for those houses who were particularly attentive to fruit selection, this was the finest vintage since 2004. The graceful charm that endears Billecart is on full display in this calm, effortless and yet profoundly confident cuvée. Pinot noir assumes a glorious lead in a magnificent display of red berry and cherry fruits, seamlessly fused to the bright lemon and pink grapefruit cut of magnificent chardonnay acidity. The pronounced chalk minerality that shines so brightly in the graceful Billecart style surges long and strong through a finish of mesmerising persistence, gliding with jetfighter precision, without dropping its altitude for minutes. Even at 14 years of age, it upholds profound primary purity, promising a very long life indeed. This is signature Billecart of detail and distinction, a cuvée more than worthy of the legendary lineage that is Nicolas François, utterly transcending its variable season. It stands alongside Taittinger Comtes and Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé as the finest expressions of 2007 to date. 

98 points 

 

Technical details

20% vinified in oak barrels | Ageing on lees: 10 years | Dosage: 4 g/l

Review

60% pinot noir from the premier and grand crus of the Montagne de Reims and Grande Vallée de la Marne, 40% chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs; 79% grand crus and 21% premier crus; 15% vinified in oak barrels; aged 10 years on lees; 6g/L dosage; cork. 

2007 will forever lurk in the shadow of 2008, yet for those houses who were particularly attentive to fruit selection, this was the finest vintage since 2004. The graceful charm that endears Billecart is on full display in this calm, effortless and yet profoundly confident cuvée. Pinot noir assumes a glorious lead in a magnificent display of red berry and cherry fruits, seamlessly fused to the bright lemon and pink grapefruit cut of magnificent chardonnay acidity. The pronounced chalk minerality that shines so brightly in the graceful Billecart style surges long and strong through a finish of mesmerising persistence, gliding with jetfighter precision, without dropping its altitude for minutes. Even at 14 years of age, it upholds profound primary purity, promising a very long life indeed. This is signature Billecart of detail and distinction, a cuvée more than worthy of the legendary lineage that is Nicolas François, utterly transcending its variable season. It stands alongside Taittinger Comtes and Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé as the finest expressions of 2007 to date. 

98 points 

 

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


Creamy Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented

Earth


Mineral Chalky

Foods


Brioche Butter

Citrus Fruit


Citrus

Nut


Almond

Herbs & Spices


Spice