Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1064024 92 points James Suckling

 This extra brut has a super crisp aperitif-style with great fruit purity and savory persistence. Aromas and flavors of little wild red fruits, as well as an array of cool, crisp reed and green apples on the palate. Super fresh. Drink now.  (9/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The pale golden colored NV Extra Brut displays a beautifully clear, complex and elegant bouquet of ripe seed fruits such as apples and pears intermixed with the complex, mature expressions from the reserve wines, which account for up to 55% of this 2014-based blend. It is composed of 40% Pinot Meunier, with 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Fresh and structured on the perfectly round and elegant palate, this is a medium to full-bodied Champagne with great purity and finesse as well as persistent complexity. This is serious and exciting Champagne with a long, persistent finish and stimulating salinity. No dosage. Tasted from lot L 144A892 47283 in November 2018. (SR)  (12/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A well-knit, dry Champagne, with a finely detailed, creamy mousse and subtle flavors of salted cracker, ripe pear, preserved lemon and dried apricot. (AN)  (12/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

 The low dosage of this wine reveals the richness of the delicious fruit. Its acidity is well balanced with the white fruits, mineral texture and pure, crisp aftertaste. This delicious wine will benefit from a few more months in bottle. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

At K&L we love the trend toward zero-dosage Champagnes. This one hails from 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: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2017 | Send Email
Elegant with citrusy fruit and a saline edge, the Extra Brut is one of my favorites in Billecart-Salmon’s impressive line up. Exuberant with a superfine bead and gorgeously searing acidity, this still shows creaminess on the palate and a longer – albeit crisp and mineral-driven – finish. Age worthy.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | 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.

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.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12