Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne

SKU #998597 95 points Decanter

 A fine straw-gold colour with great finesse of bubble flow and mousse. Joyful aromas of apple blossom and ripe pear. A full, defined palate demonstrates richness that will help to give this a long life in the cellar. (ME)  (2/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 Plenty of ripe strawberries and wild raspberries on the nose here. Really attractive and vibrant in the mouth with fresh wild strawberries. It also shows a fleshy, fresh-fruit texture.  (9/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A harmonious Champagne that's satiny in texture, framing flavors of Asian pear, star fruit, pastry and honey with mouthwatering acidity. Offers a fine and creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. (AN)  (11/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 In the crisp, balanced style of the producer, this nonvintage Champagne is light, poised and elegant. It is satisfyingly mature with good acidity and minerality. Lively and perfumed, it is ready to drink. *Editors' Choice* (RV)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Beefy, savoury nose. Again, quite frothy on the palate. Excellent balance of acidity and fruit. Very clean and precise. (JR)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

This is a very good price on an elegant Grand Marque. This cuvée is rich, clean, and refreshing. The wine has a lot of pretty green apple fruit, a creamy texture, and elegant, tiny bubbles.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
I love the freshness and precision of the Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve. Designed in a reductive style, this meunier dominant cuvée has beautiful bright expressive flavors of pears, white nectarines, cherries and white floral notes with incredible integration and precision from the time on the lees and the relatively low dosage. The clean, bright fruit makes this my go-to food champagne.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Billecart-Salmon is a medium sized champagne house making some beautiful cuvees and their flagship Brut Reserve is no different. Comprised of 40% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay this cuvee is a champagne classic in style and elegance. Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Reserve exemplifies a champagne of know-how and could (should) be any connoisseur’s go-to.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
One of the great things about Grande Marque Champagnes is the consistency of house style. You know that the Billecart Salmon Brut you are opening tonight will have the same fresh and focused character you remember from before. Billecart has had a long, cold fermentation practice since the late 1950's aiding in their bright and lively personality. Over two years on the lees gives some texture to the tart apple and dry stone finish.

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/7/2018 | Send Email
If it has to sparkle, have superb quality and a big-house name, this is the wine to grab! I don't always drink name-brand champagnes, but when I do, this is the one for me! In my opinion, the Brut Reserve checks all of the bubbly boxes. Fresh, bright, crisp fruit, juicy acidity, lifted aromatics. Like many of my favorite styles of sparkling wines, it also has a beautiful nerve of mineral, but a counter-balance of sweetness of fruit to keep everything right where it should be. No national brand offers more for the money at, or near this price!

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2017 | Send Email
Aged 36 months on the lees, the Brut Reserve is clean and vivacious, with rich stone fruit and honey, plus that classic chalky finish. Billecart-Salmon is my go-to Champagne when looking for a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated sparkler. It has just the right amount of house name recognition while staying true to quality, and the brighter house style is both refreshing and elegant, at an incredibly reasonable price. A favorite that continues to impress!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2015 | Send Email
Of all the grand marques, no one offers a cleaner, purer example of Champagne fruit and refreshment than Billecart-Salmon. The Billecart family pick earlier than most, and run the coldest, longest fermentations in all of Champagne to deliver their inimitable, graceful house style. If you are looking for the ultimate in balance aperitif Champagne, you have found it!

Staff Image By: Gary Lai | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2013 | Send Email
I've found myself ordering this a lot lately while going out. The Billecart Reserve is an easy, approachable Champagne, with a hint of toast and green apple. When in doubt, a Champagne will go with almost any food at a restaurant (or at home). It can also transition from aperitif to a dinner drink, with just one bottle! Good to have chilled and ready to impress friends, family or your special date...

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2011 | Send Email
As focused as ever, almost lemony on the palate and super refreshing. It reminds me of when we sold a special Billecart "K&L Cuvée" years back.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2011 | Send Email
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It's baaaack! While this wonderful Brut often gets overshadowed by the Brut Rose, it is one that should not be missed! Rich, yet focused, with peach and pear fruit. Ginger spice on the palate, with bracing minerality and firm structure. If you're looking to find almost everything in one Champagne, this is it!

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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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12