Billecart Salmon Extra Brut
Founded in 1818 by husband and wife Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, the Billecart-Salmon House is rich with history. For nearly two hundred years, the Billecart family has been handing down the secrets to making exceptional champagne from generation to generation. The Champagne House is special for many reasons, but one notable reason is that it is one of very few to remain Family owned. The Billecart-Salmon House covers around 50 hectares, and gets its grapes from a total of 170 hectares of land. Frequently cited for the quality of its vintages, the House pays particular attention to selecting the best grapes.
Its innovating style remains faithful to the balanced charm of the three varietals from Champagne: 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. No sugar has been added to the dosage. Pale and gold intensity enhanced by pure brightness. The mousse is energetic with an abundant ultra fine bubble. Complex and seductive aromas of dried fruits and brioche combined with floral notes. This is further enhanced by the subtle charm of lemon verbena. A precise, elegant and aromatic freshness accentuated by the expression of the quality of the composition. Charming biscuity ?avour and white fruits with a full and harmonious minerality resulting in a sensational balanced finish.
It seems most champagne houses are jumping on the zero dosage bandwagon, and too many wines taste as if their composition hasn't been given too much consideration. This is a refreshing counterexample."We were looking for delicacy, finesse and elegance, " explained [Billecart cellar master] Domi."We experimented with residuals from 0g/L to 8g/L but zero worked best." Otherwise the composition is the same as Brut Reserve. This is an ultra-suave Extra Brut, with bone-shaking purity. Precision and refinement are the hallmarks here, with great finesse of preserved lemon meringue fruit. Billecart purity and finesse shine through with beautiful elegance, fine minerality and great linearity. Domi suggested that it's the perfect aperitif with warm canapes. Can't argue with that. Rating: 95/100. Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide
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