Billecart-Salmon Brut "Sous Bois" Champagne
Fermented in wood, this mature and rich Champagne is sophisticated and stylish. It has a rich, full-bodied character with hints of spice as well as dry, citrus fruits. It has a steely core, showing a taut texture as well as some maturity. Ready to drink, it will also age in bottle.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; L411113): Light, bright gold. Smoky pear and redcurrant scents are complicated by toasty lees, vanilla and fresh rose. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering toasty citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. The toasty note comes back on the mineral-tinged finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity.
Wine & Spirits
Vinified in oak, this cuvée emphasizes more earthiness than the other Billecart wines we tasted. The only hint of wood is in a touch of walnut-skin bitterness, but that is subsumed into a mousse of chalk, a fragrant juice of limestone. It’s tight and firm, finishing clean, needing air or bottle age to fully express its complexity.
A rich version, with a sense of finesse, featuring a frame of well-cut acidity and flavors of poached pear, pastry cream, black currant, candied ginger and salted butter. Offers a creamy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.
This new cuvee is all vinified in oak but hasn't a hint of obvious oak on the nose. Lovely quality of fizz. Brooding and intense. There is marked density here and excellent balance and persistence. As usual, we are not told on the back label how old this blend may be, just that it is 'respectfully composed' of the three Champagne varieties. But it's impressive wine and I suspect it will not be cheap. Recommended. 17/20 points.