2009 Champagne Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Vintage Magnum
The specific style of Billecart-Salmon champagne is due to Jean Roland-Billecart. At the end of the 1950s, he introduced a method of fermentation in which – among other things – the temperature does not exceed 13° C. This slows down the fermentation process, allowing all delicate aromas to fully develop. The long aging on the lie (the sediment) that follows gives the wine a unique clarity and purity. The result is fresh champagnes, with a lot of finesse and fine bubbles. It is not for nothing that Billecart-Salmon is one of the top ten most appreciated champagnes and is the favorite of sommeliers in top gastronomic restaurants.
At the end of 2022, Billecart Salmon released the Magnum 2009. For the first time Pinot Munier has been added to the blend to give the wine more balance due to the warm rich year 2009. It has also been decided to add less sugar, making this Magnum an Extra Brut with more freshness. A very successful Champagne is the result. The 2009 vintage has therefore been allowed to mature in complete peace in the beautiful cellars of Billecart. It is a sophisticated blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Munier and 33% Chardonnay. Part of the cuvée (20%) is vinified on wood, in 5-year-old wine barrels. This results in a richness of aromas that is unprecedented. From freshly picked fruit to delicious freshly baked brioche. The wine is rich, generous and round, with an exquisite finish of ripe fruit.
Billecart-Salmon is a Champagne producer based in Aÿ, Champagne. The company has a rich history dating back to 1818 when it was founded by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. It remains one of the few family-owned Champagne producers with a tradition of producing high-quality, elegant Champagnes.
History of Billecart-Salmon
The Champagne House was founded by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The marriage of Nicolas and Elisabeth brought together the vineyards and wine traditions of their respective families and laid the foundation for the Billecart-Salmon brand. Nicolas was an experienced winemaker and together they started producing Champagne. Billecart-Salmon remains one of the few family-owned and operated Champagne houses in a region where many producers have been acquired by larger conglomerates. This family ownership has allowed the house to maintain its commitment to quality and tradition. Throughout its history, Billecart-Salmon has been recognized for its dedication to producing elegant and refined Champagnes. They are known for their meticulous attention to detail in the winemaking process, precise blending and use of high quality grapes. Billecart-Salmon is also at the forefront of innovation in champagne production. For example, in the 1950s they were one of the first houses to use stainless steel tanks for fermentation, which allowed better temperature control and preservation of the character of the grapes. Today, Billecart-Salmon is still owned and operated by the Billecart family. The specific individual members of the Billecart family involved in management are Francois and Antoine Roland-Billecart (6th generation) and Mathieu Roland-Billecart (7th generation).
Billecart-Salmon sources its grapes from vineyards in various sub-regions of Champagne. They use a significant portion of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in their Champagnes. The grapes are carefully pressed and fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. They also emphasize a long aging process to develop the unique characteristics of their Champagnes. The art of blending is at the heart of Billecart-Salmon's production. Their cellar master, François Domi, plays a crucial role in crafting each cuvée with precision and consistency. The house is known for its low dosage levels, which means their Champagnes are typically drier and more focused on fruit character and terroir. Billecart-Salmon owns and manages vineyards in several key areas of the Champagne region. They have vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Aÿ, Avize and other Grand Crus, allowing them to source high quality grapes for their Champagnes. Billecart-Salmon produces a range of cuvées, each with its unique characteristics and style. They produce a number of different types of Champagnes. Some that can now be opened such as the Brut Rose and the Brut Sous Bois. Champagnes made in specific years such as the Nicolas Francois 2008 and the Elisabeth Salmon 2008. They also produce Champagnes from Single plots (Clos) such as the Clos-Saint-Hillaire, an extremely rare Champagne made from 100% Pinot Noir.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|James Suckling rating||93|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Fresh, Mineral, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch|