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Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon is today still in the hands of the original family who founded it. François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, are the 6th generation, who lead this independent House with the help and support of their father, Jean Roland-Billecart. They are probably best known for their delicate Rose Champagne, however their Brut Champagne is just as fine, delicate and declicious.
Alongside the family members are a dedicated team of people who hold the house values dear to them, Alexandre Bader, the General Manager, is in charge of spreading the values of the House across the world. François Domi, is the chief wine-maker who for nearly 30 years, has produced this fine and elegant champagne. Tending the vines for the last twenty years is Denis Blée, Director of the vineyard, responsible for the Clos Saint-Hilaire and the oak Chai, from the pruning to the harvest, he rigorously surveys each parcel of the vineyard and ensures the maturing of the wine in the barrels.
The excellence of Champagne Billecart-Salmon is above all due to the knowledge of its people who cultivate an estate of 100 hectares and manage its grapes from an area totalling 220 hectares, in 40 crus around the Champagne region.
The majority of the grapes used for vinification come from a radius of 20km around Epernay, where the Grand Crus of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier co-exist, in the mythical lands of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
The jewels of the estate are cultivated in the Clos Saint-Hilaire. Fruit from half a century of careful cultivation, this hectare of Pinot Noir, preciously sheltered by a wall of stone, gives birth harvest after harvest, to an exceptional champagne, of rare complexity and a stunning freshness. The House of Billecart-Salmon has preserved ancestral vinification methods handed down from generation to generation and they are constantly perfecting them.
Always conscious to improve the quality of their champagne, in the fifties the House established the technique of chilling the must combined with the use of stainless steel tanks for a longer fermentation at a lower temperature. Over time, the wines conserve their freshness, the aromas intensify, allowing the Billecart-Salmon champagnes to deliver all it promises.
On the perpetual quest for excellence, a new chai was built to hold more than 450 oak barrels to skilfully enhance the vinification of the vintage wines. The magic continues down in the limestone cellars, dating from the XVII and XIX century, day after day guarding the wines.
From the XVII century, Pierre Billecart, wine maker and ancestor of Nicolas François Billecart, was hailed by King Louis XIII who authorised him to create his own coat of arms.
Thus, when the champagne House was born in 1818 from union of the Billecart family to the Salmon family, his descendants proudly reinstated them. "Blue inside a gold chevron with three bunches of grapes lined up along the top above a greyhound standing to attention": this coat of arms decorated the old barrels of the Billecart-Salmon House, not so long ago.
In 1999, the cuvée Nicolas François Billecart 1959 was chosen "Champagne of the Millennium" by a committee of experts at a blind tasting session involving 150 vintages from the most illustrious champagne producers, organised in Stockholm by Richard Juhlin, a great champagne specialist. The 1961 vintage, for its part, came second.
In 2011, to celebrate 50 years of this exceptional vintage and to delight the palates of great champagne enthusiasts, an exclusive sale of a limited series of 1961 vintage was released.