2000 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne
*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011* A wine that strikes a great balance between its intense fruitiness and a pure steely character. It makes it a dry Champagne, with the richness of a great wine. It has weight, intensity and several years more aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Brut Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart is a big, exuberant wine that explodes from the glass with layers of fruit. French oak has given the wine an additional measure of volume and richness, but without dominating the wine’s overall balance. Pretty notes of spiciness and minerality add finesse on the close. The Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart is 60% Pinot Noir (Mareuil-sur-Ay, Ay, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Mailly) and 40% Chardonnay (Cote des Blancs). In 2000 the wine was aged in barrel (20%) and saw batonnage, although it did not undergo malolactic fermentation. This is Lot: L 505955 25709J. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; disgorged May 16, 2010) Bright gold. Intensely perfumed scents of dried pear, nectarine, peach skin and musky flowers, with a bright mineral overtone. Deep in orchard fruit and citrus flavors but there's a weightless quality to this Champagne that's really intriguing. Very pure and precise on the finish, with the peach and floral qualities echoing. This would be superb with simple fish preparations.
Bright, focused acidity drives lightly smoked flavors of candied currant and blackberry and patisserie apple, with hints of ground espresso, cumin and crystallized honey. A mineral note threads through the refined texture and lingers on the rich finish. Drink now through 2025.
Greenish. Very rich and dense with lots of acidity. Very, very fresh. Creamy but not sweet. Very complete and long. 18/20 points.