Â Â Â Â Founded in 1818, Billecart-Salmon remains the oldest family-owned Champagne estate to this day.Â Their vineyards are comprised of both Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites along a spectacular stretch of the right bank of the Marne River between the Montagne de Reims and the CÃ´tes des Blancs, where a wide vein of Kimmeridgian limestone underlies a complex topsoil of clay and fossilized pebbles.Â Brothers FrancÌ§ois and Antoine Roland-Billecart manage this historic property. Today they have 30 ha of vines in Marueil-sur-AyÌˆ and 9 ha in Damery, which is known for its Pinot Meunier. Grapes are sourced from more than 40 crus with partial barrel fermentation of grand crus destined for vintage cuvÃ©es.
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Billecart is, of course, highly regarded for its Brut RosÃ©, perennially the most popular of the estateâ€™s lineup, however its vintage wines across the board are beautifully crafted, with lower-than-normal dosages and a fine, almost lacy acidity.Â Tom Stevenson, in The Sothebyâ€™s Wine Encyclopedia, writes:Â â€œAll the Champagnes here have a delicious richness of fruit, with an accent on elegance and finesse.â€Â This Vintage Brut 2008 is made up of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay.Â The dosage here is actually 4.5 g/l, the equivalent of an Extra Brut and the driest style available in Champagne.Â That makes it the ideal wine to pair with caviar, oysters, sushi, and even spicy Thai cuisine!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Roots & Water is the first to gain access to this recently released vintage bottling.Â Sleek and racy, with flavors of crÃ¨me de cassis, brioche, candied lemon zest and crystallized ginger, it practically springs from the bottle into your glass!Â Give it time in the cellar, though, and its layers and complexity will slowly unfold, while the wine gains in amplitude