1999 Billecart-Salmon "Le Clos Saint-Hilaire" Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne

SKU #1239709 96 points Vinous

 Billecart's 1999 Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is exotic and beguiling. Constantly changing in the glass, the 1999 offers exquisite aromatics, silky and a real sense of underlying phenolic structure. Crushed rose petals, licorice, smoke, game and tobacco add nuance as the wine opens up. With time in the glass, the personality of these Pinot vines becomes more and more expressive. The 1999 was bottled with no dosage, but that would be impossible to ascertain in a blind tasting. (AG)  (7/2015)

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Clos Saint-Hilaire is located, like Clos de Goisses, in Mareuil-sur-Ay. It is a one-hectare property planted in 1964 and composed of clay and limestone. This is very porous and makes for great drainage. Depending upon the vintage, 3,500 to 7,000 bottles of Saint-Hilaire are produced.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
On Monday, September 12, I had the rare opportunity to taste the wines of the “the Clos.” The journey came to what could have been a sad end—because it was all over—with the 1999 Billecart-Salmon “Le Clos Saint-Hilaire.” Not so sad to end on this note! Amazing, amazing bead that goes on forever; dark and golden hued. Fine and frothy, with elements of smoke, exotic spice and anise. Once it opened up, it becomes even more intriguing with even more spices, praline, truffle and toast. Finishes softly and elegantly. One hundred percent Pinot Noir. It is named after the patron saint of Mareuil-sur-Ay and this bottling is indeed heavenly!

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