2008 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Elisabeth" Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1540955 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A superb vintage of this renowned prestige cuvée, this is made from a base of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, to which is added 9% of red wine. Despite ageing on its lees for 10 years, it remains almost shockingly youthful, its vividly primary flavours of red cherry, strawberry and nectarine wrapped up in a taut, tense frame. It’s silky in texture and intricately complex on the long, elegantly harmonious finish, underlined by a saline chalkiness, and it demonstrates all the requisite completeness and character for long ageing, promising a slow and dignified evolution to come. Drinking Window 2021 - 2050. (PL) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon explodes from the glass with a mesmerizing array of aromas, flavors and textures. Blood orange, cinnamon, mint and dried flowers. The 2008 is incredibly young, but it is also incredibly tempting. Patience will be rewarded. In the meantime, readers might enjoy adding a few bottles of the stellar 2007 to their cellars, as the nervy, taut 2008 needs time. The 2008 is 55% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay and Mareuil) and 45% Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Avize and Cramant), with 9% still wine from Mareuil. It is the first vintage that includes a portion of wines (17%) done in barrel and the first vintage in which the magnums were aged on the cork rather than on crown seal. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. (AG) 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

Just one more example of why Billecart-Salmon is easily one of our favorite Champagne producers. This is vintage rosé at its finest (from one of the finest Champagne vintages in modern memory) and a delightful opener for your meal. Billecart makes one of the great rosés in the world, so treat yourself! Rich and elegant with toast and fresh yeasty notes that then combine with citrus and strawberry fruit and a light fennel accent. Absolutely delicious!

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2021 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I enjoyed this wine on its own at first, but later I made a little wasabi and ponzu tuna mousse to go with it and the spicy, savory food worked very well with the Champagne. It has a very intriguing color with both pink and copper hue, and a gorgeous, miniscule streamer of bubbles. The bouquet has not only dark maraschino cherry and pastry toast, but also a chalk note that foreshadows the finish. In the mouth, the wine has Vosne-Romanée like dark fruit and savor that is seamlessly integrated with a line of refreshing acidity and pure minerality that put most 2008 brut tête de cuvée’s to shame. This wine has a finish that not only goes on, but seems to expand in the mouth. After 13 years, this wine can be enjoyed easily now, but I am convinced that its very best days are still ahead. This wine is for the ages.
Drink from 2021 to 2068

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