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Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

France - Champagne
(111805)

$ 79.95

750ml

In stock, 12+ available  
Rating:
IWC 93
JG 92
WS 92

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91.4 points


93 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): "(disgorged July 9, 2010): Pale, green-tinged yellow. A complex bouquet displays scents of green apple, pear, lemon zest, toasty lees and honeysuckle. Packs a solid punch but conveys a weightless quality, offering sappy orchard fruit and citrus flavors along with suave mineral and floral qualities. The toasty note returns on the long, impressively incisive finish. (Dec 2010)"

92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs is not a large production item for Billecart-Salmon, and one does not cross paths with it regularly. The current release is all 2007 vintage and was aged nearly five years on the lees prior to disgorgement. Billecart produces their Blanc de Blancs bottlings from fruit sourced in only three villages in the Côte des Blancs- Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant. The new release offers up a deep and lovely aromatic blend of pear, apple, stony minerality, bread dough, a hint of the pastry cream to come with bottle age and orange zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very elegant, with a lovely core of fruit, refined mousse and excellent length and grip on the well-balanced, youthful and classy finish. This is a very fine bottle of Blanc de Blancs that will only improve as it blossoms a bit more structurally with further bottle age. 2013-2025+. (Jan/Feb 2013)"

92 points Wine Spectator: "A firm and refined blanc de blancs, with a streak of minerality running through finely layered flavors of Gala apple, lemon zest, biscuit and fresh finger. A tangy saline note echoes on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2020. (11/15/13)"

2-1/2 stars, New York Times: "Light, lacy, clear and pure with a fine texture and toasty, nutlike flavors. (12/19/11)"

* Peter Liem (ChampagneGuide.net): "This is blended from Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil and Chouilly, and about 25 percent is made up of reserve wines. It's polished and richly textured in the Billecart style, its ample fruitiness anchored by brisk notes of chalk, and it's overall demeanor is archetypal Côte des Blancs, combining concentration and finesse. It finishes with long, subtly detailed aromas that should gain even more complexity with additional post-disgorgement age. Last tasted: 2/13."

18/20 points Tom Stevenson (The World of Fine Wine): "(12% abv). Classy, understated, but ultimately fulfilling, youthful Chardonnay fruit, this beautiful Champagne has obvious class and the ability to age. Great minerality. Drink or keep 2-3 years. (Issue #45; 2014)"