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Review 2006 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 750ml

2006 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 750ml

$130.00
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Such purity and richness in this bottling, its both fresh and powerfully concentrated with a delicate but insistent mousse. This incredible bottling is pure luxury!
About the Wine
This wine with an Extra Brut dosage is dominated by the great Pinot Noir flavours which is tempered by the elegance of the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. page1image3109423248

Appearance: The yellow gold hue is adorned with delicate, soft golden glints. It has a subtle effervescence, benefitting from 11 years aged in our cellars.

Aroma: A delicious fruit intensity with elegant lemony citrus notes and nuts (flaked almonds, Menton lemons). There is a long and nuanced sensory development centred around exquisite hints of patisseries (raw butter, Mirabelle plum jelly).

Formulation

60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Aÿ)
40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Cramant,
Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly and Vertus)

Vinification in stainless steel tanks Ageing on lees: 11 years

97 Points RP: Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way.