This is a superb Blanc de Blancs that boasts great minerality, texture and intense fruit flavor. It's a finely structured wine, now approaching maturity with its apple, citrus and green pear notes. Lingering in the mouth, it is a beautifully long-lasting, pure wine. Drink until 2018 and probably beyond. Cellar Selection.
The vintage edition of Billecart's Blanc de Blancs comes from the same four villages as the NV but carries a much more savory style, showcasing plenty of pastry and chalky lees-derived oyster shell as well as a subtly spicy oak thread. Fresh almond nougat, honeyed peaches and white flowers all abound. The palate texture is striking, smooth and creamy, as peach and lemon-custard flavors run even and long. Really impeccably balanced. Handy depth and drive. Drinking very well now: in a great place.
Founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon, this champagne house is one of the oldest operated family-ran entities in the region. Now in their seventh generation, quality has yet to take a dive and their growth has reached 30 hectares of vineyards, 4 of which are Grand Cru in the villages of Choully, Avize and Le Mesnil. They pride themselves on elegant and feminine Champagnes with a strong acidic backbone and subtle alcohol which are primarily due to the philosophy of early harvesting.
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