Wines to Seek Out
Billecart-Salmon likes to harvest their grapes early at a lower potential alcohol, in a quest for a more elegant, lean and acid-forward champagne. They are also quite bullish on Pinot Meunier. In total, their are 12 champagne to choose from, including a rare single-vineyard wine from Clos Saint-Hilaire made entirely from Pinot Noir. Many of these upper-echelon wines are hard to acquire due to demand, but their entry-level wines alone earn their standing here.
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé
One of Champagne's most celebrated rosé wines, although the prestige cuvée named after Elisabeth Salmon takes top billing for many. The Brut Rosé has a lovely carnation-salmon hue that almost feels like perfect branding more than anything. The aromas are very traditional and complex, with many layers of fruit, bread, flower and nuts to tease apart over a night.
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve
This remarkable Brut Réserve is comprised of between 50 and 60% reserve wines, and spends three years on the lees. The take away is a creaminess that entices and delights, and a finish that strives for infinity.
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Sous Bois
Currently one of my two favorite champagne wines of all time. The other, from Béreche et Fils, shares the same process: vinification entirely in oak barrels. This seems to lend a resonance to the wine that I have not found elsewhere — the bass, bassoon, tuba and timpani in the symphony, so to speak. On the nose, it shows off a fabulous complexity suggestive of crisp pears, fresh apricots, almonds, white flowers and pie crust with a lovely, high-pitched butterscotch thing happening on the finish. The bubbles are also more satin-like than other champagne. A thrilling wine from start to finish.