1999 Billecart-Salmon - Brut Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 750ml

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JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96

Fabulous aromas of minerals, pear pie, nuts with bread dough and apple character. Full-bodied, lively and wonderful with bright fruit and a clean finish. Very layered and juicy. This was a very hot year for Champagne and a year for pinot noir. But this is so fresh and complex. 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. 10% of the pinot is fermented in barrel. Drink now.

Author: James Suckling


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Very elegant, ethereal in texture and well-knit, offering flavors of poached pear, black licorice, lemon pate de fruit, pastry and ground ginger. Shows fine balance and integration, with a fresh, lasting finish of ripe fruit and saline minerality. Drink now through 2027.

Drink Dates: 2014-2027
Author: Alison Napjus


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Average rating: 96, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

170 bottles owned by 24 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

See other similar producers: Krug, Louis Roederer

Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend


Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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