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2002 Billecart-Salmon - Brut Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart

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  • 98 JS
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SKU: 44670-2002-750-1A
  • Vinous | Rating: 97

    A mesmerizing, thrilling Champagne, the 2002 Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart is a great example of the vintage at its best. Silky and racy on the palate, yet a bit more restrained than many wines of the year, the Nicolas Francois Billecart remains vivid and remarkably nuanced. Brioche. apricot jam, wild flowers and honey are some of the many notes that blossom as the Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart shows off its voluptuous personality. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 98

    A superfine nose with the freshness still very much leading the way. Lemon and fresh wild strawberries, almond milk and a hint of brulee 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.
    Author: James Suckling
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  • Billecart-Salmon was established in 1818 by Nicolas-Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon in the town of Mareuil-sur-Ay. It is one of the few Champagne houses still owned by the original family. The house is renowned for its non-vintage rose, but also makes vintage champagnes and a Brut Reserve (a blend of three vintages). Billecart-Salmon farms 30 hectares of its own fruit and purchases grapes from an additional 140 hectares, mostly from the area surrounding Epernay. Production methods are meticulous, including the use of their own cultured yeast and Grand Cru wines are fermented in small, traditional Burgundy casks. The bottles are aged in deep chalky cellars where the constantly cool temperature allows for the production of small, fine bubbles.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 931 bottles owned
    • 56 collectors