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Billecart-Salmon Nicolas Francois Billecart 2002 Champagne 75cl

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon Overview
Billecart-Salmon's exceptional prestige cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s co-founder. The 20% maturation in 15 year-old traditional oak barrels underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich champagne.

Weather: A stunning year, 2002 began with a cold winter and a mild, late spring. This led to a bright and sunny start to the summer months, which brought on early flowering. The summer months consisted of very hot days combined with cooler nights which helped the grapes gain a great acidity and show an abundance of fruits. Generally considered the best vintage of the last two decades.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Disgorged: Spring 2017
Dosage: 4 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Yellow gold with a fine bead of bubbles. The aromatics are a combination of dried fruits and hints of almond nuts. On the palate a well-balanced acidity with vibrant fruit flavours and slight hints of caramel and apples. A real stunner right through to the finish.
Billecart-Salmon Nicolas Francois Billecart
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Oct 2018
“100% grand and premier cru vineyards. Pinot Noir (60%) from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. Chardonnay (40%) from Côte des Blancs. Disgorged spring 2017. Dosage 4 g/l.
Tasted blind. The deepest colour of all these wines. Mid straw and persistent bead. Not particularly intense on the nose initially; needed time to open up. Quite noticeable autolysis. Bone dry. Some evidence of oak? Absolutely not a shred of simple fruit here – almost a metallic hint on the end but great, deep undertow. Very complex and uncompromising. Dry and distinctive.
Drink 2016-2030”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
May 2017
“Previous vintage was 1999, which has only just sold out. Disgorged early 2016. Needs a year in bottle prior to shipment. 12-15% oak barrels. This was decanted in the famous Billecart-Salmon decanter to age this ‘baby’ a bit.
Deep gold. And with real presence. Real grip and savour. Serious stuff. A certain richness underneath. Described by Antoine Billecart as ‘still a baby’. Rich start and not that frothy. Dense and savoury. Intellectual wine! Broad and grippy.”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
May 2015
“Very pale. Sophisticated, very sleek, well balanced nose. A remarkably youthful 2002. Clean, brisk chalky palate with a finish that is just slightly sudden. Quite exciting. This still has quite a bit to give.”
Antonio Galloni MW,,
Jul 2015
“A mesmerizing, thrilling Champagne, the 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is a great example of the vintage at its best. Silky and racy on the palate, yet a bit more restrained than many wines of the year, the Nicolas François Billecart remains vivid and remarkably nuanced. Brioche. apricot jam, wild flowers and honey are some of the many notes that blossom as the Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart shows off its voluptuous personality. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.”
Essi Avellan MW,,
Jun 2014
“The Pinot feels particularly prominent in this vintage. Such a deep, rich, powerful red fruit nose with evolving characters and confectionary, nutty and perfumy tones. Not completely free of bruised notes but beautifully spicy and mellowing. Long-lasting and strong but truly refined palate.”
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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