Billecart-Salmon Brut "Sous Bois" Champagne

SKU #1096208 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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. (RV)  (12/2013)

94 points James Suckling

 Beautiful aromas of light butter, dough, cooked apples and apple purée. Full-bodied and very rich with plenty of fruit, intense nut, and light toasted oak. Very structured. This is decanted in cuve and then racked into bottles and fermented in old oak barrels for eight to nine months. Battonage and malo blocked. One third of each grape type: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  (9/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Pungent orchard fruit and lemon curd scents are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, anise and smoky minerals. Toasty and silky in texture, offering juicy pear and tangerine flavors plus a deeper suggestion of candied fig on the back half. Closes sappy, focused and long, with repeating smokiness and strong mineral cut. (JR)  (1/2015)

92 points 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.  (12/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A rich and toasty version, with a creamy mousse supporting flavors of grilled brioche, apricot preserves, lemon parfait, slivered almond and crème de cassis. Finely knit and mouthwatering, with fleur de sel and smoke notes on the minerally finish. (AN)  (11/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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. (JR)  (9/2011)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2015 | Send Email
The current batch of the Sous Bois from Billecart Salmon is based on the spectacular 2008 vintage, and the combination of richness from the all barrel vinification and the extraordinary acidity of the vintage makes for one of the most impressive bottles in their line. If you haven't tried this newest addition to the great line from Billecart, don't miss out, the 2008 based wine is very special!

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