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Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon was founded with the marriage of Nicolas-François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon in 1818. Situated in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, near Epernay. Champagne Billecart-Salmon is still a family-run organisation with seventh generation Mathieu Roland-Billecart today overseeing business. In 2016 Chef de Cave François Domi retired after 30 years with Billecart and handed over to his deputy Florent Nys who started with the business in 2005. The vineyards are overseen by Denis Blée and all of the team are members of the eight strong "tasting committee" along with 6th generation François Roland-Billecart and Antoine Roland-Billecart and fifth generation Jean Roland-Billecart. By 2020 production had expanded with grapes now coming from 100 hectares of their own vineyards and 200 hectares of managed vineyards from 40 crus mostly within 20 kms of the winery. In 2017 they attained certification High Environmental Value and from 2020 are herbicide free and currently 10 ha are in organic conversion.

The Brut Réserve is a light, fine and harmonious champagne. It is made up of a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier from three different years and sourced from the best sites in the Champagne region. Since the 2018 base wines Mathieu has been extended the lees aging time from 30 months to between 36-42 months giving a fuller and more rounded expression along with fine tuning of the still wine blends to ensure that lightness and delicacy.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne
Grape Varieties: 40% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 3 Years
Base Vintage: 2018
Disgorged: 2022
Dosage: 6.2 g/l
Reserve wines: 53%
Fermentation: Vinification in stainless steel tanks
Drink: Now for 6+ years

Tasting Note: A yellow gold hue. Aromatics have a distinct and precise intensity with an ethereal character, followed by a natural and radiant freshness. With a presence of floral notes and fresh fruits, highlighted by lightly biscuit aromas. On the palate a delicate texture under the charm of white flesh fruit flavors such as apples and crunchy pears.
Champagne Billecart-Salmon History
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Expert Reviews
90/100
William Kelley
“Based on the 2018 vintage, Billecart's newly released NV Brut Réserve incorporates fully 53% reserve wines, up from just over a third in the past, and incorporates the usual 40% Pinot Meunier in the blend. Offering up attractive aromas of citrus zest, green apple and freshly baked bread, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, with a demonstrative core of fruit and a pretty pinpoint mousse, concluding with a saline finish.”
90/100
William Kelley
“Based on the 2015 vintage and disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage, the latest release of Billecart's NV Brut Réserve contains fully 55% reserve wines and is showing very well, offering up complex aromas of warm bread, crisp green orchard fruit and citrus oil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and charming but lively, with an elegantly textural attack, a fleshy core of fruit and lively balancing acids.”
91/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Fragrantly floral Meunier fruit comes across strongly on the bright, expressive nose here. There's a complex melange of red and white fruit, with attractive toastiness and sweet pastry tones. A similar sense of skilful crafting continues on the lightweight palate, which is harmonious and perfectly fresh. The vast 50-60% of reserve wines increase the complexity of the blend. This is smooth-textured, with an appetising sweetness at the finish. Dosage 8g/l”
90/100
Josh Reynolds
“(40% pinot meunier, 30% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay; L200352): Light, bright gold. Fresh red berries, orange zest and white flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering energetic redcurrant and blood orange flavors that show good concentration and a supple texture. A mineral nuance adds bite to the finish, with the floral note echoing.”
16/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“There is a QR code but it doesn’t tell people how old the cuvée is. ‘I don’t have the marketing resources to do this’, says Mathieu Billecart. They update it once a year – ‘though we’re not as precise as Krug’. 55% reserve wines. 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. For the last five years there has been a little bit of oak fermentation for 3 to 5% of the wine. The base is 2014, 2013 and 2012 and some solera. Dosage 9 g/l.
Nicely melded nose even if the whole impression is on the fruity side. Tight and fresh. But with very frank fruit aromas. Slightly drying on the end but brisk and fresh, even if dominantly fruity.”
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News Articles
  1. Billecart-Salmon: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Billecart-Salmon: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 22, 2019

    Billecart-Salmon were one of the first houses to pick grapes last year, kicking off their harvest on 22nd August. We tasted the vins clairs with new Chef de Cave Florent Nys, and also shared a comprehensive range of finished champagnes.
  2. Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    January 19, 2019

    Since the early 21st century, a quiet revolution has been occurring in Champagne, and the ever-burgeoning demand for artisanal, hand-crafted cuvées continues to flourish. What are the origins of single vineyard champagnes, why are they so popular, and are they a fad or the future?
  3. Champagne in 2019: What Can We Expect?

    Champagne in 2019: What Can We Expect?

    January 16, 2019

    Our previous write-up highlighted what a spectacular year 2018 was for champagne. The good news? 2019 is set to be even bigger! In this article, we look to the future and discuss which champagnes we can expect to be released in 2019.
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