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Billecart-Salmon Elisabeth Salmon Rose 2006 Champagne 75cl

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Billecart-Salmon Elisabeth Salmon Rose
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Champagne Billecart-Salmon Overview
Billecart-Salmon's exceptional prestige cuvée rosé was created in 1988 as a tribute to the House’s co-founder. Less than 10% of the Pinot Noir is vinified as red wine. The grapes used to make the red wine are from Valofroy, a plot of old vines on the slopes of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ with a southern exposure. Billecart-Salmon Elisabeth Salmon Rosé is not always released in chronological order, but rather when head winemaker François Domi believes it is ready for release.

Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs | Red Wine: Valofroy
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir | inc. 10% Red Wine
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: Now to 2021

Tasting Note: Initial aromas of citrus and complex red berries on the nose are carried through to the palate where fresh figs, peaches and almonds are abundant. Voluptuous hints of ripe fruits and wild strawberries. A champagne with a delicate balance of acidity and creamy textures. This rosé fully expresses the 2006 vintage and given some time to age this will improve and reward accordingly.
Billecart-Salmon Elisabeth Salmon Rose
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Oct 2018
“100% grand and premier cru vineyards. Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs. 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and 10% red wine from the Valofroy vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 10 years' ageing on lees. Dosage 6 g/l. Mytik Diam technological cork.
Tasted blind. Pale salmon. Just off dry. Very Pinot nose and then it finishes dry. Very lively. Appetising. Lots of fruit and complexity plus delicacy. Sudden dryness on the end but this is delightfully lively.
Drink 2015-2024”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
May 2017
“50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir with 6-8% Pinot Noir wine from particular parcels in Mareuil and Ambonnay red. All destemmed. They need 14 ha of red wine grapes to guarantee rosé production. Contains Chardonnay from Trépail too. There is a very small percentage of barrel fermentation. A wine that 'just positioned itself – didn’t need any marketing'.
Pale coppery salmon. Broad and perfumed – very Pinot. Subtle and off dry. Lots of vegy cabbage flavours. Long and vibrant. Very clean and precise”
Antonio Galloni MW,,
Aug 2016
“The 2006 Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is powerful, intense and also classically austere in its make up. Crushed flowers, mint, red berries and cranberries are all finely sketched. The 2006 finishes with striking mineral-driven precision, and while it doesn’t have the opulence or exuberance of the 2002, it is still a very pretty and appealing Champagne. The Elisabeth Salmon is 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, with about 8% still Pinot Noir. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.”
Roger Voss,,
Jan 2016
“Produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this balances ripe red berry and citrus fruits with more mature spice and vanilla. With this development has come depth, concentration and richness. It is a wine to drink with food, ripe and finishing with crisp, dry acidity.”
Bought directly from Billecart-Salmon, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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