BILLECART SALMON

2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Brut

Grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 12%

60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay - this wonderful vintage champagne has aged for 10 years on its lees in the cellars at Billecart Salmon before disgorging and then further ageing. With dosage of just 4g/l and only partial malolactic fermentation - this remains fresh as well as broad and deeply layered. Sophisticated stuff.
In a recent tasting of the very best Champagnes by James Suckling, this exquisite fizz came second - with an equal score to Vintage Krug 2000 and ahead of all the other big names, Dom Perignon, Cristal et al. It was beaten only by Salon 2002 which costs much more than twice price. A delicious, decadent champagne - and a relative bargain to boot.
L&S (Aug 2020)


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The 2002 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François was disgorged in January 2015 with four grams per liter dosage, and it's showing superbly, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles confit citrus, peach and dried papaya with nuances of iodine, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a rich and layered core that's underpinned by serious structure and tension, concluding with a long and precise finish. This is one of the finest wines Billecart has released in the last decade, and it is well worth seeking out. Drinking range: 2018 - 2038 Rating: 97 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Aug 2019)

100% grand and premier cru vineyards. Pinot Noir (60%) from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. Chardonnay (40%) from Côte des Blancs. Disgorged spring 2017. Dosage 4 g/l. Mid straw and persistent bead. Not particularly intense on the nose initially; needed time to open up. Quite noticeable autolysis. Bone dry. Some evidence of oak? Absolutely not a shred of simple fruit here – almost a metallic hint on the end but great, deep undertow. Very complex and uncompromising. Dry and distinctive. Drinking range: 2016 - 2030 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2018)

A superfine nose with the freshness still very much leading the way. Lemon and fresh wild strawberries, almond milk and a hint of brulée toffee; really lively. The palate has a bright, crunchy and assertive burst of lemon flavor on entry with white cherries and smooth, sherbet-like texture that delivers weight with elegance. Great balance here. Impressive and youthful, super pure and full of power. Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jul 2015)

Billecart Salmon

Founded by Nicolas-Francois Billecart in 1818, and situated in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this remains one of the few family owned businesses in Champagne. the family has 100% control of production. They obtain their grapes from an area covering 220 hectares, the majority of which come from in and around the region of Épernay, and own a total of 15 hectares themselves. Today the estate is run by François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, the 6th generation of the family to lead the independent House, still with the support of their father Jean Roland-Billecart.

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