Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1064024 94 points James Suckling

 Superfine citrus-tinged aromas here that give way to more rich stone fruits then red berries; the purity is striking. Minerally accents like crushed rocks, plus dried wild flowers too. The palate's boldly flavored, the concentration is impressive and the energetic drive of acidity is a thrill - long strawberry and red cherry flavors amid some gentle biscuity, red-fruited notes to close.  (7/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and harmonious, this integrates a firm frame and a refined, lively bead with smoky roasted almond and toasted brioche notes, complemented by ripe golden apple and blackberry fruit and accents of honey, lemon zest and bread dough.  (11/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (L348232 16155) Pale gold. Aromas of dried pear, quince and white flowers, with a hint of exotic fruits emerging with air. In the mouth, sappy mango, pineapple and honeysuckle flavors are braced by a refreshing jolt of bitter quinine that lends a refreshingly dry edge. Closes steely and taut, with lingering mineral and citrus qualities. I like the blend of richness and nerviness here.  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 With zero dosage, this is obviously a very dry Champagne. But such is the richness of its fruit that it tastes ripe and rounded, allowing the citrus bite to fit well with the apple skin flavor.  (12/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Billecart’s 2004 Extra Brut – on whose labels, incidentally, that designation of dryness only appears in tiny print – opens with intimations of the fresh lemon and crabapple that then dominate a lively and invigorating palate. Hints of yeast and baked goods in the nose anticipate the subtle creaminess of texture achieved inner-mouth even with such liveliness and cut as otherwise characterizes this cuvee. Chalk and crushed stone impressions lend a touch of austerity to a penetratingly bright but otherwise understated finish. This rarified bottling may well take on more richness and complexity with a couple of years of bottle age and will probably be worth following for at least half a dozen. Billecart puts great stock by age-worthiness post- (as well as, of course, prior to) disgorgement. (DS)  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

At K&L we love the trend toward zero-dosage Champagnes. This one hails from the hallowed house of Billecart-Salmon, super-famous for its rosé bubblies. This is their non-vintage blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Dry, yes! And great with food.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
I love extra brut Champagne, and Antoine Billecart has made a great example of the style with this bottling. He and I drank this along with his team at Quince in SF the last time he was here, and with four years on the lees, it came across as dry, but without a hint of austerity. Many big houses lack respect for Meunier, but not Billecart- this wine gets its charm from the clean fruit that this indigenous grape brings to the blend. It is composed of 40% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir and the long, cool fermentation and generous lees time has given this wine the fruit and balance to please even a first time extra brut drinker.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2013 | Send Email
Lime and green apple notes on the nose. Excellent acidity and cleanliness. Citrus flavors on the palate with lemon/lime, necatarine and some saline notes. A great wine to have with shellfish, whitefish and crab.

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12