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Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé NV

07 June,2018

Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded their Champagne house in 1818. They were given a parcel of land, near the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay as a wedding gift by Elisabeth’s family. The house is now run by seventh generation brothers Francois and Antoine, but their father, and Francois’ son are also involved in the business making three generations working together.

The house is extremely well-regarded, producing 1.7 million bottles annually from its 14 ha of estate fruit supplemented by fruit purchased from another 300 ha, a high proportion of which are under the company’s management. The winemaker comes under the care of the highly experienced Francois Domi, who has guided the house’s path to quality. The top cuvees include the ‘Cuvee Elisabeth Brut Rosé’, the ‘Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut’ and single vineyard Pinot Noir-only ‘Le Clos Saint Hilaire Brut’. In celebration of 200 years of winemaking, I review Billecart-Salmon’s best known wine, the Brut Rosé NV. The bottle tasted here is a 375 ml size, and the wine may be a little more forward than a 750 ml bottling. www.champagne-billecart.fr The wine is distributed in New Zealand by Dhall & Nash www.dnfinewine.com

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Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne

19-/20

Bright, pale peach and eye-of-the-partridge pink colour with some depth, the bubbles moderately fine and persistent. The bouquet is full with softly packed and concentrated aromas of red florals, strawberries and red fruits, melded with complex bready-yeasty autolysis and a note of aldehyde detail. This has richness, volume and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has poised succulence and richness of soft red berry fruits, quince and red florals, integrated with plenty of soft bready-yeasty autolytic complexity. The flavours are mouthfilling, but balanced by mouthwatering acidity and soft effervescence. The wine flows smoothly and gently to a long, nuanced finish. This is a harmoniously full and gently concentrated rosé Champagne with rich fruit flavours ad integrated autolytic complexity. It is drinking beautifully now. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto and tapas, and dim sum over the next 2+ years. A blend of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, primary ferment in stainless-steel with MLF conversion, including 40% reserve wine, and Pinot Noir red wine added, resulting in 9 g/L dosage, the wine spending 24 months on lees. 19.0-/20 Jun 2018 RRP$142.50 (750 ml), $75.00 (375 ml)

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