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    2 362
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

Named in honour of founding father Nicolas Francois, this fabulous wine is the finest expression of the House Style. A pale golden colour with a lively, fine bead. The nose shows very ripe fruit, floral notes and hints of warm brioche. The palate is fine, elegant and rich with wonderful balance and length. Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 1959 won first place in the Champagne of the Millennium 1999, out of 150 of the finest 20th century champagnes.

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Vintage 1996

Balance and richness
This exceptional cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s founder. It results from the blending of grands crus from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine.

Appearance: A lovely colour of pale gold and a fine mousse. A cuvée that brilliantly combines slowly rising bubbles with a persistent string of pearls.

Aroma: The freshness of the cuvée Nicolas François Billecart develops all its aromatic complexity - aromas of white flowers mixed with subtle notes of brioche.

Palate: The balance between richness and persistence is the hallmark of this accomplished wine. The perfect blend of grands crus from which it is made gives it a lovely freshness on the palate, developing a wide range of aromas.

Serving: Served at cellar temperature 10°, this vintage will enhance the flavours of poultry or white meat.
From François DOMI, BILLECART-SALMON’ chief winemaker.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

flavors

Toasty

taste

Well-structured, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

The fruit is certainly luxuriantly sun-ripened and the wealth of tastes is fantastic, but this is still a young, unfinished wine that must be stored for a very long time in order to peak. Notes of vanilla, winter apples, plum compote, and redcurrants appear at the end—exuding greatness and French bakery smells.
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Deep lemon-cherry colour. Toasty, creamy gentle nose, bright, not fully harmonious, quite sweet. Youthful. Hieno tiivis juicy elegantti rakenne. Long and linear.
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Origin

Champagne, Champagne

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"The fruit is certainly luxuriantly sun-ripened and the wealth of tastes is fantastic, but this is still a young, unfinished wine that must be stored for a very long time in order to peak. Notes of vanilla, winter apples, plum compote, and redcurrants appear at the end—exuding greatness and French bakery smells."

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"Deep lemon-cherry colour. Toasty, creamy gentle nose, bright, not fully harmonious, quite sweet. Youthful. Hieno tiivis juicy elegantti rakenne. Long and linear."

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