2004 Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
A big and rich blanc de blancs that shows an intense and layered character. Full and powerful Champagne with layers of fruit. It is so vivacious and long. Energetic. From Mesnil, Avize, Chouilly and Crémant. Needs a year or two more to soften.
* Cellar Selection * This is a superb Blanc de Blancs that boasts great minerality, texture and intense fruit flavor. It’s a finely structured wine, now approaching maturity with its apple, citrus and green pear notes. Lingering in the mouth, it is a beautifully long-lasting, pure wine. Drink until 2018 and probably beyond.
100% Chardonnay grapes from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil sur Oger. Almost a third of the wine was vinified in oak barrel. About two-thirds underwent malolactic fermentation - was this a factor in my finding the wine, substantial enough to be a wine not a champagne, just a little richer than I was expecting in a 2004 all-Chardonnay wine. It goes for power rather than refreshment and refinement but should not disappoint anyone. It strikes me more as a food wine than a racy aperitif.
This top notch bottling from Billecart is exclusively grand cru and contains fruit from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil. It is 15% barrel fermented, and surprisingly creamy for how much fabulous chalky acidity it has. (Gary Westby, K&L Wines Champagne buyer)