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2006 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (Previously $180)

SKU #1357308 96 points Decanter

 Formerly called the Prestige Blanc de Blancs, this wine was renamed after the winemaker brother of Elisabeth Salmon for the bicentenary. Both Elisabeth and her husband Nicolas François already have founder's cuvées named in their honour. From 100% grand cru fruit (5% vinified in old oak), this spends 11 years on its lees with partial malolactic fermentation, and has a 6g/l dosage. Mathieu Roland-Billecart describes it as 'Meursault with bubbles', and suggests decanting it into a carafe and enjoying it throughout a meal. It's very rich and full, yet with bright, balancing acidity and chalky minerality. It has gorgeous notes of apricot tart, popcorn, vanilla sugar and nougat, and is long, tight and rich. Drinking beautifully now, but still has many years ahead of it. (TG)  (5/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Entirely sourced in top grand cru terroirs of the Côte des Blancs—namely in Avize (les Pierres Vaudon), Chouilly (Mont Aigu), Mesnil-sur-Oger (les Coullemets and Chétillon) and Cramant—the 2006 Millésime Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Louis offers a generous, rich and chalky bouquet of ripe yellow and white-fleshed fruits and vanilla brioche as well as a remarkable purity, precision and freshness. Round and endlessly juicy on the palate, this is a highly elegant, seductive and wonderfully balanced Blanc de Blancs that reveals a concentrated, rich and persistent finish with intense fruit and a chalky texture. Fermented 5% in oak casks and disgorged in April 2018, after 11 years on the lees. This is lot L 306A718 47837. (SR)  (12/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 With grapes coming from the Chardonnay heartland of the Côte des Blancs, this wine is the epitome of structured, textured fruit but with the essential addition of age. Still hinting at freshness and still textured, the wine is also rich with white-fruit flavors cut with limes. Drink from 2020. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2018)

95 points James Suckling

 Selected parcels in Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger chosen for power. This has a very impressive grilled hazelnut and gently toasty edge with dried lemon and clotted cream. The palate has immense freshness, length and chalky minerals. Delivers a long, sizzling grapefruit, dried pineapple and lemon finish, that's gently toasty. Superb. Disgorged July 2016.  (10/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A blend from Côte des Blancs grand crus, this includes fruit from Cramant, Chouilly, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. It aged for ten years on the lees, developing tangy citrus flavors and savory dried-apple notes, framed by persistent chalk-driven acidity. The bottle maturity contributes to the wine’s opulent richness, placing it at the center of a meal.  (12/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and well-knit, with fragrant star anise and spring blossom notes accenting the candied kumquat, smoky mineral, toast and lemon pith flavors as they ride the fine and lively mousse. Drink now through 2028. (AN)  (12/2018)


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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
Elegant and expressive, with pear and apricot fruit through the palate and shining acid typical of Billecart-Salmon’s fresh house style, this Blanc de blancs has tension and lift, balanced by a rounded texture and the rich, easygoing qualities of the excellent 2006 vintage. A blend of Chardonnay from four coveted Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs – Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil, and Mesnil Sur Oger – and aged in stainless steel, this somehow feels both racy and opulent. We loved it so much, K&L bought everything that was available! Celebrate the season with this stunner.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2018 | Send Email
This vintage blanc de blancs is the epitome of the style. 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs, aged 11 years on the lees, it displays freshness, depth, concentration and focus all at once, with aromas of butterscotch, honeysuckle, lemon meringue and fresh apricots. Great weight, complexity and richness, with lift and delicacy to boot.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2018 | Send Email
This all Grand Cru blanc de blancs has not only incredible complexity and depth, but is far too easy to drink. With Chablis like earth, hints of beurre d'isigny and fresh cream, a spectacularly tight bead and a near infinite finish, you will know that you have a bottle of the good stuff here. When we had it with sushi my notes read simply "Lafon Meursault richness up front, Salon belemnita chalk on the back". This is a wow bottle of Champagne. Only 14,000 bottles, made with 20% barrel fermentation from the villages of Mesnil, Avize, Oger, Cramnat and Chouilly.
Drink from 2018 to 2036

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2018 | Send Email
This is definately one of the best champagnes I have had in quite a while. I tasted on 10 September and it had the most amazing nose of bread dough, pastry and cream, combined with lush, white flowers. On the palate, lemon meringue, with apricot and fresh whipped cream. After a bit of airing, the citrus comes charging through, with a nice hint of key lime. Wonderful and elegant. Long, long, finish. Tastes far more expensive that it is. I put this one up there with the 2002 NFB, which is just stellar.

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Other White Wines

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France

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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.