Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1064024 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (45% pinot meunier, 40% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay, with no dosage; L349232): Pale yellow. Fresh pear, lemon rind and jasmine on the mineral-inflected nose. Spicy, penetrating and pure, offering zesty pear skin, blood orange and bitter quinine flavors complemented by deeper notes of melon and peach pit. Dry but distinctly fruity, finishing with strong thrust and mineral-driven persistence.  (12/ 2013)

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. It could age a year.  (12/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Well-balanced, with a subtle, lightly creamy mousse and a hint of bread dough accenting flavors of yellow plum, kumquat, blanched almond and fresh ginger. Stony finish. Drink now through 2018.  (10/ 2013)

K&L Notes

At K&L we love the trend toward zero-dosage Champagnes. This one hails for 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: 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.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/10/2013  | 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.

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12