2004 Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1157082 95 points James Suckling

 A big and rich blanc de blancs that shows an intense and layered character. Full and powerful Champagne with layers of fruit. It is so vivacious and long. Energetic. From Mesnil, Avize, Chouilly and Crémant. Needs a year or two more to soften.  (9/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 * Cellar Selection * This is a superb Blanc de Blancs that boasts great minerality, texture and intense fruit flavor. It’s a finely structured wine, now approaching maturity with its apple, citrus and green pear notes. Lingering in the mouth, it is a beautifully long-lasting, pure wine. Drink until 2018 and probably beyond. (RV)  (12/2013)

94 points Vinous

 The 2004 Blanc de Blancs is impressive. Brioche, white stone fruits, smoke, chamomile, honey and wild flowers all blossom in a distinctly powerful, muscular Blanc de Blancs. Layers of flavor continue to build as the wine shows off its intense personality. The 2004 is a blend of fruit from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Cramant and Chouilly. (AG)  (7/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Toasted brioche and pastry cream notes are rich and smoky in this elegant Champagne, riding the refined mousse with flavors of white peach and candied kumquat. The spiced finish is ripe and balanced. Drink now through 2025. Web Only-2015 (AN)

Jancis Robinson

 100% Chardonnay grapes from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil sur Oger. Almost a third of the wine was vinified in oak barrel. About two-thirds underwent malolactic fermentation - was this a factor in my finding the wine, substantial enough to be a wine not a champagne, just a little richer than I was expecting in a 2004 all-Chardonnay wine. It goes for power rather than refreshment and refinement but should not disappoint anyone. It strikes me more as a food wine than a racy aperitif.  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

This top notch bottling from Billecart is exclusively grand cru and contains fruit from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil. It is 15% barrel fermented, and surprisingly creamy for how much fabulous chalky acidity it has. (Gary Westby, K&L Wines Champagne buyer)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2017 | Send Email
The 2004 Blanc de Blancs combines all Grand Cru fruit from three villages and ages this spectacular Chardonnay in 30% old French oak barrels, and the result is stunning. Allegedly the winemaker’s favorite cuvée, this is deliciously chalky, evolving with each sip, and while it would easily please a sophisticated crowd, it might be a better fit for more esoteric palates looking for something powerful and artistic. This is both high concept and richly enjoyable, bright with sharp acid, and beautifully leesy with a brioche finish. I’d drink this in a bigger wine glass and be happy all night.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
A wine like this, a true work of art showing its full potential after so many years, is inspiring. It’s made from Chardonnay from all three Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs, partially aged in barriques for depth and complexity, then aged on the lees for 9 years. It displays those rich Grand Cru fruit aromas (pear, stone fruit, figs) with a well integrated toasty-brioche character and honey. The flavors complement each other perfectly on the palate, craftily balanced by a youthful acidity. This is a beautiful wine that’s ready to be enjoyed and contemplated.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
My favorite vintage Champagne of our 2016 staff summit was the 2004 Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne. It epitomized the ideal of elegance in wine, and had a creamy ease and subtle restraint that would leave even the most jaded of palates asking for another glass. The incredible fruit sources in the Grand Cru’s of Chouilly, Mesnil and Avize and the natural balance of the classic 2004 vintage undoubtedly contributed top quality ingredients, but the cold fermentations and judicious use of top quality cooperage at Billecart delivered the wine… This is a bottle I hope to drink again soon.
Drink from 2016 to 2054

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