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Bottle Price $221.99
Year NV
Size 1.50L
Color Rose
Country France

Product Code: 2814699

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RATINGS: 93pts Wine Spectator; 92pts Vinous; 90pts Wine Enthusiast; 93pts James Suckling

In the heart of Champagne, situated in the charming village of Mareuil sur A , is a Champagne House family owned and independent for nearly 200 years. It all began in 1818 when Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded a Champagne House that was above all conscious of the excellence of its wines. Since then, every member of the Billecart family has been committed to perpetuate the family tradition through standing by the immutable oath: 'Give priority to quality, strive for excellence'.

Proof of this eternal demand: the family garden at the BILLECART SALMON estate. This garden was redesigned in 1926 in a French style under the guidance of Charles Roland Billecart. The idea of his project was to create a garden at the heart of the village, enclosed by walls surrounded by lime trees primed in to a canopy, with boxwood enbroidery, lawns and flowerbeds. The garden was kept in this style until 1999, when a storm destroyed the remaining old trees, leaving only one chestnut tree soon to be 200 years old. Francois Roland Billecart, therefore decided to enlarge his grandfather's garden by adjoining the part of it that had stayed out of sight. He entrusted this project to his sister Veronique Roland Billecart.

From the foundation of the House of BILLECART SALMON in 1818 until now, each generation has invested in the preservation of this garden. Furthermore the family has thrown itself in to modernising the art of their wine making descended from nearly two centuries of experience. With a background of the best champenois tradition, the House of BILLECART SALMON sways between excellence and demand, keen to convey their love of champagne whilst cultivating a certain amount of mystery.

Tasting Notes: Wine Spectator 93 points- A lovely rose in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. A.N..September/2016

Wine Enthusiast 90 points- With its ripe texture and delicious red fruit flavor, this wine has a tangy mineral edge and a fine balance. It offers softness (because of that balance) that veers towards dry. It is a fine aperitif style, rich and ready to drink..December/2017

Vinous 92 points- (45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier; 8 g/l dosage; L206454 17741): Pale orange. High pitched red berry, orange zest and jasmine aromas, with suave mineral and smoky lees notes adding complexity. Spicy and precise on the palate, showing very good punch to its strawberry and bitter cherry flavors. Opens up smoothly with air and picks up a bitter rhubarb quality that lingers onto the long, tightly focused finish. This bottling showed more brawny character than many past renditions of this cuvee, but with no lack of vivacity..Josh Raynolds, January/2015

James Suckling 93 points- Just 40% from 2014 with plenty of deeper reserve wine on offer, This has a fresh red and white rose like floral edge, and attractive bright fresh strawberries and yellow peach flavors. Succulent and satisfying. Drink now..October/2017
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