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    06:40 AM
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    91.7 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    195
  • Region Ranking?

    21
  • Popularity ranking?

    63

History

It all began in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded a Champagne House that was above all conscious of the excellence of its wines. Since then, every member of the Billecart family has been committed to perpetuate the family tradition through standing by the immutable oath: ‘Give priority to quality, strive for excellence’. Proof of this eternal demand: the family garden at the Billecart-Salmon estate. This garden was redesigned in 1926 in a French style under the guidance of Charles Roland-Billecart.

 

This garden was redesigned in 1926 in a French style under the guidance of Charles Roland-Billecart. The idea of his project was to create a garden at the heart of the village, enclosed by walls surrounded by lime trees primed in to a canopy, with boxwood enbroidery, lawns and flowerbeds.

 

The garden was kept in this style until 1999, when a storm destroyed the remaining old trees, leaving only one chestnut tree soon to be 200 years old. Francois Roland-Billecart, therefore decided to enlarge his grandfather’s garden by adjoining the part of it that had stayed out of sight.  He entrusted this project to his sister Véronique Roland-Billecart. From the foundation of the House of Billecart-Salmon in 1818 until now, each generation has invested in the preservation of this garden. Furthermore the family has thrown itself in to modernising the art of their wine making descended from nearly two centuries of experience. With a background of the best champenois tradition, the House of Billecart-Salmon sways between excellence and demand, keen to convey their love of champagne whilst cultivating a certain amount of mystery.

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Vineyards

The excellence of Champagne Billecart-Salmon is above all due to the knowledge of its men who cultivate with rigour an estate of 100 hectares and obtains its grapes from an area totalling 220 hectares, in 40 crus of Champagne region. The majority of the grapes used for vinification come from a radius of 20km around Epernay, where the Grand Crus of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier co-exist, in the mythical lands of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne or the Côte des Blancs.

 

The jewels of the estate are cultivated out of sight in the Clos Saint-Hilaire. Fruit from half a century of careful cultivation, this hectare of Pinot Noir, preciously sheltered by a wall of stone, gives birth harvest after harvest, to an exceptional champagne, of rare complexity and a stunning freshness.

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Winemaking

The House of Billecart-Salmon has preserved ancestral vinification methods handed down from generation to generation and constantly perfecting them. Always conscious to improve the quality of their champagne, in the fifties the House established the technique of chilling the must combined with the use of stainless steel tanks for a longer fermentation at a lower temperature. Over time, the wines conserve their freshness, the aromas intensify, allowing the Billecart-Salmon champagnes to deliver all it promises.

 

On the perpetual quest for excellence, a new chai was built to hold more than 450 oak barrels to skilfully enhance the vinification of the vintage wines. The magic continues down in the limestone cellars, dating from the XVII and XIX century,
day after day guarding the wine. Finesse, balance, elegance. Close your eyes and let the charm of Billecart-Salmon take over you.

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 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Some interesting Friday evening wines like Messorino 2004, Femme 1996, Greywacke 2015 etc.

4m 24d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  17 wines 

1995 Signature Rosé Jacquesson.  Delicate and pale orange-hued colour. Vinous and attractively spicy nose with red berry aromas and light autolytic influence. The mouthfeel is exterely round and velvety, packed with elegant fruitiness and layers of aromas. The rich body is refreshed by a firm acidic backbone that contius equalyyt long with the wine’s persistent aftertaste. Elegant, harmonius and ripely fruity rosé champagne that is very enjoyable today but will develop harmoniously for another decade.

5m 4d ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

6m 8d ago

 Michael Chan, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 / Purchased by Krug over the phone in 1971, the Clos du Mesnil is a 4.5 acre walled plot planted only with Chardonnay grapes. This vintage is marked by extreme hot weathers which made different plots of land yield different maturation levels. As a result, the berry picking span over 2 months than the customary 2 weeks. Aged for 9 years before release, this champagne pours a light straw color, almost like that of a Sauvignon Blanc, with thick legs and very fine beads. A somewhat austere wine, this Blanc de Blanc yields notes of toast, white peaches, citrus oils, Comté, mint, chalk, tobacco smoke, slate and cream desserts on the nose. On the palate, the wine first caresses the tongue with robust masculinity, followed by a string of very fine bubbles and a mineral-forward backbone. Surprisingly for a vintage with very ripe berries, the champagne has vibrant acidity while maintaining an unctuous structure. On the palate, the champagne is dominated by notes of chalk, honeysuckle, leather, smoke, charred oak, brioche and smoked fish. With time, there are even notes of citrus oils. The finish is very long and spins with more smokiness. Although the wine is very young, as shown through the astringency towards the end, it surely shows the promise in years to come. 95p

6m 11d ago

 Samuel Gates / Wine dealer, Pro (Australia)  tasted  3 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  25 wines 

At some ten hectares in total area, Lavaux St Jacques is one of the largest and most prolific delineations within the greater Commune of Gevrey Chambertin. Planted to the southerly facing aspects of Combe de Lavaux, the quarter is defined by weathered limestone soils which formed part of a drainage canal into the flood plains at the centre of the Commune. A unique mesoclime of sunnier days for developed esters, followed by cooler night breezes for slower ripening, makes muscular, darkly fruited wines of bucolic savouryness and alluvial minerality.

7m 23d ago

 Robert Langer, Wine Collector (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  24 wines 

Some great bottles of champagnes with old red rarities.

9m 25d ago

 James Aylward, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Dom Perignon 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1998 + Krug 1996, 1998 and Clo du Mesnil 1996.

10m 4d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A Bad Boy Birthday Bash


Some people know how to do it right. The right ambience, the right company, the right food and of course, the right wine. I have been drinking with Bad Boy as long as I have been writing tasting notes, and I can safely say that he knows how to do it right. This past month he hosted over sixty wine lovers at his home in New Jersey for a spectacular celebration of wine and friends. The guest list was basically the Academy Awards for fine and rare wine in New York City, and Bad Boy unanimously took home Best Director and Best Picture.
 
The only problem with a Bad Boy production is the party factor, as in it turns into a great party, rather quickly. Some, like Mr. Vinous and Dapper Dave, stayed studious to the very end and compiled many more notes than I. I started strong, but in the end I am a drinker, so of the 130 bottles, 16 magnums and 2 jeroboams that were opened, I managed notes for approximately 30 wines. While I feel quite inadequate at the moment, I felt more than adequate throughout the night.

10m 19d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  39 wines 

I was invited to dine at Da Marco’s, where ten locals had congregated with an assortment of fine wines and company. We started with a couple bottles of 1985 Krug, which got the party started, but I didn’t take any notes.


The notes began with a trio of 2005 Niellons, starting with the Clos St. Jean, which was smoky, toasty with lots of rocks, minerals and ‘gaspipe.’ It was round but balanced, lacking a touch of definition (90). The Les Chaumees was simpler and easier, just OK, not as interesting as the Clos St. Jean (87). The Les Vergers had the biggest finish and the most acidity. It was brighter and the most intense of the three (91).

11m 10d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999 / Medium-deep lemon yellow colour. Complex and smooth nose of tropical fruits, cosmetics, pastry and floral notes. Intense and firm palate. Still slightly closed requiring time. Long and structured.

11m 22d ago

 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  118 wines 

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11m 23d ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  2 wines  from  Billecart-Salmon . In a tasting of  23 wines 

The second day of the 100-Tasting offered a lots of great Champagnes. My best were Krug 1998, Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 1995, Cristal 1996, Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 etc.

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