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Billecart-Salmon Rendez-vous No.1 Meunier Extra Brut NV

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£68.00
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£70.00
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£74.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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.

Billecart-Salmon Rendez-vous No.1 is the latest addition to the Billecart-Salmon range, a 100% Meunier blend, rarely seen in Champagne. Created from the historic terroirs of Leuvrigny, Festigny and Venteuil in the Marne Valley, where the Pinot Meunier varietal gives wine from this region its distinctive identity. Leuvrigny and Festigny vineyards are on the left bank of the Marne Valley, exposed to the east and south, on limestone subsoil. Venteuil vineyards are on the right bank of the Marne Valley, exposed to the south, on loamy subsoil. No.1 is based on 2014.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Villages of Leuvrigny, Festigny and Venteuil in the Marne Valley
Grape Varieties: 100% Meunier
Lees Ageing: 4.5 years
Base Wine: 2014
Reserve wines: 33%
Disgorged: December 2019
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: A golden yellow hue with lime and violet aromas on the nose, juicy citrus is present and onto the palate, white cherry, pear and redcurrant. The Meunier is giving a great texture and with 4 years on lees the mid palate is rounded and balancing the acidity. Has a great finish with hints of bright citrus fruits and a hint of pepper and dash of salinity. Love the balance and energy.
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Overview
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Antonio Galloni
“The NV Extra-Brut Meunier is a 100% Pinot Meunier in Billecart's new Les Rendez-vous line taken from vineyards in Festigny, Vrigny and Le Venteuil. This first release is based on the 2014 vintage, with 33% reserve wines that spent 52 months on its lees. Creamy, layered and exquisitely beautiful, the No. 1 captures all of the savory and textured qualities of Meunier. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.”
90 → 92/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Billecart’s first 100% Meunier comes from Leuvrigny, Festigny and Venteuil in the Vallée de la Marne. Lemon colour with golden tones. Clean and brightly fruity nose showing beautiful floral tones. Fermented in stainless stee only, the bouquet is appetisingl: jasmin, orangeblossom, lime and grapefruit. Ripe but cool and crisp fruitiness. The overt palate is fresh but comes with lovely rounded textural feel to it. The salivatingly mineral palate finishes with a pure and dry (4,5g/l dosage), fruity aftertaste. A lovely benchmark Meunier with both varietal typicity and deliciousness. ”
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Ethereal, delicate nose with the fruitiness of Meunier. And it's pretty delicate on the palate too. I wouldn't serve this with food. This is not too austere for an Extra Brut. It's really quite fruity and you wouldn't believe the dosage was so low. The impact is a bit like a feather stroking the palate. But I don't think there is much point in ageing this.”
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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