Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1064024 92 points James Suckling

 Essentially brut reserve with more time in the cellar and no dosage, this is based on 2012. There's a slight reductive edge, with some apple, honey and lemon as well as subtly spicy elements, red apple and berry aromas. The palate has attractive bold fruit flavor and an assertive crunchy finish. Drink now.  (10/2017)

91 points Vinous

 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. (JR)  (1/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is the driest wine in an already-dry range of Champagnes. With no dosage, it is crisp, tight and mineral. The high proportion of Pinot Meunier in the blend brings out the the flavors of white fruits and the crisp texture. The bottling is still young and will be better from 2017. (RV)  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A sleek, aperitif-style Champagne, with tightly meshed flavors of poached apple, lemon pith, smoke and biscuit riding the lacy mousse. Crisp, spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. (AN, Web Only-2017)

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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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2017 | Send Email
Elegant with citrusy fruit and a saline edge, the Extra Brut is one of my favorites in Billecart-Salmon’s impressive line up. Exuberant with a superfine bead and gorgeously searing acidity, this still shows creaminess on the palate and a longer – albeit crisp and mineral-driven – finish. Age worthy.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2013 | Send Email
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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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Other White Wines

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12