Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(L45401905041M; disgorged September, 2010) Light yellow-gold. Fresh pear, melon and nectarine scents are complicated by candied orange and ginger, with chalk and spice nuances adding lift. Bright, energetic and pure, with palate-staining orchard fruit flavors given spine by chalky minerality. The mineral-tinged finish features a suave, gently sweet note of honeysuckle.
A firm and refined blanc de blancs, with a streak of minerality running through finely layered flavors of Gala apple, lemon zest, biscuit and fresh finger. A tangy saline note echoes on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2020.
A surprisingly soft wine, showing as much richness as minerality. The wine has weight, some yeasty character with peach and citrus. It finishes with a round, full and creamy character.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru comes across as relatively soft and understated. Lemon, white flowers, spices and mint emerge gracefully from this feminine, attractive Blanc de Blancs. This is Lot L35200904011M. Disgorged September 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.