Champagne Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand cru

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Champagne
Winery Billecart-Salmon
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12.5%)
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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.

It is difficult not to talk in the superlative with the champagnes from Billercart-Salmon. This is also the case with this tantalizing Blanc de Blancs. This cuvée is made from the four Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger. This cuvée is a blend of two different years that reveals the special quality of the Chardonnay. Its complexity, great vinosity and surprisingly fresh finish are especially appreciated by the most informed wine lovers. The Billecart-Salmon - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru has a delicate bubble with a surprising combination of almond and fresh fruit such as apple and pear in the nose. Wonderfully lively in the mouth with a nice depth. Except as an aperitif also excellent with oysters!

GOOD FACT: In the Tab: Attachment you will find the official fact sheet of this Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve.

In Perfect Harmony with Luc Mobihan

Chef at the Restaurant Saint Placide*, Saint Malo

The first time I tasted a cuvée from Maison Billecart-Salmon, it was on my 20th birthday. A day that I will never forget! More often than not I taste the Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru cuvée from magnum. The 100% Chardonnay fully reveals itself in this format. I like the mineral aspect which is taut, vivid and with a slight richness. A perfect balance between delicacy and elegance with a finish that is strengthened by the minerality. In Saint Placide, we propose a smoked salt turbot. The natural flavor of the turbot and the contrast with the smoked salt is revealed by the finesse and the persistence on the palate. The harmony is evident with this exceptional cuvée. For me, any place is perfect for tasting the Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru. From the very first sip, you know that it's going to be a great experience in an ideal location and especially if you're in good company on an island off the coast of Saint-Malo, for a simple picnic away from it all except for the pleasures of that exact instant. A moment that is just magic.

Vineyard for Champagne Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand cru

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's production

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.

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Type of Wine White
Country France
Region Champagne
Winery Billecart-Salmon
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling Yes
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 92
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fresh, Mineral, Tense, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Romantisch

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