Billecart-Salmon is the perfect partner for us at Cork & Cask as they are one of the few Champagne houses still run by the original family founders. First established in 1818, the house is now run by the 7th generation of the family.
The Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve NV is a blend of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The most recent bottling contains around 40% of fruit from the 2015 harvest with the remainder topped up with reserve wines. The result is a light and delicately fruit-filled cuvée with aromatic and spicy notes from the Pinot Meunier. Further aromas include redcurrant, chalky notes and hints of ripe pears. The palate is round, elegant and finessed, leading to an intense, persistent, well-structured and saline finish.
The 2009 vintage release from Billecart is produced using a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Aged on its lees for 9 years, the result is a wonderfully balanced Champagne, equal parts citrus zest and biscuit notes. An excellent structure throughout highlights the potential of this vintage, which has the potential to age well for another 8-10 years.
Their Brut Rosé is produced using a blend of wines from three separate vintages and includes three different grape varieties: 30% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The result is a Champagne with a fine, effervescent mousse that offers up flavours of peach and pear, with a hint of raspberry and citrus zest. It is aged on its lees for 36 months – adding a creamy texture – before a further two to four years ageing in bottle before release. The finish is long, with lingering notes of raspberry ensuring that this is a Champagne that is excellent as an aperitif or when paired with seafood or sushi, fresh fruit or a semisweet desert.
Quite simply one of the best Rosé Champagnes available and we are delighted to be able to share it with you all.