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    2 261
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

Vintage 1996

Rarity and power
Since its first release in 1982, the BILLECART-SALMON Grande Cuvée has revealed all its character to a following of informed wine lovers. This great wine, produced from the finest sites of selected grands crus, comes into its own after spending 10 years in our traditional cellars. This cuvée deserves its title of “Grand Cru” thanks to the meticulous blend of grapes, exclusively from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grands crus.

Appearance: The Grande Cuvée first delights the eye with the harmony of its pale gold colour and the supreme finesse of its mousse.
Aroma: It then surprises the wine lover with its complex and highly expressive nose, a mix of ripe fruit and toasty flavours.
Palate: The flavour is fine and distinguished, gradually allowing all the power and vivacity of this great wine to enrich the palate.

Serving: Power and finesse make the Grande Cuvée a perfectly balanced wine. As a partner to life’s most special occasions, the wonderful cuvée will accompany the best dishes in the world and will reveal all its complexity when tasted at the end of the evening.

From François DOMI, BILLECART-SALMON’ chief winemaker.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long and Pure

flavors

Toasty, Mineral and Nutty

nose

Complex and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Complex, Balanced and Fresh

Written Notes

This is a real direct hit with layers of mature fruitiness, sweets, roasted coffee beans and the typical Billecart charm. Expressive and elegant, with substance.
  • 94p
Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvée 1996 Open, complex and maturing nose, very toasty with golden apples and pears drenched in butter, caramel, orange zest, Tarte Tatin, citrus and smokey notes. Full and racy on the palate with great balance and power. Rich flavors that mirrors the nose with caramelized apples and pears in pastry with butter and citrus. Tightens up on the very long finish with a superbly balanced and racy acidity. Ends on a fresh and mineral note. Excellent as always. Tasted 8 times with consistent notes. Drink now-2023 94p
  • 94p
Stunning at this point. Plenty of power with lemon curd, orange peel, leading towards a super-crisp finish.
  • 93p

Information

Origin

Champagne, Champagne

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94p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Grande Cuvée 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"This is a real direct hit with layers of mature fruitiness, sweets, roasted coffee beans and the typical Billecart charm. Expressive and elegant, with substance."

1y 1m ago

94p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Grande Cuvée 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvée 1996

Open, complex and maturing nose, very toasty with golden apples and pears drenched in butter, caramel, orange zest, Tarte Tatin, citrus and smokey notes.

Full and racy on the palate with great balance and power. Rich flavors that mirrors the nose with caramelized apples and pears in pastry with butter and citrus. Tightens up on the very long finish with a superbly balanced and racy acidity. Ends on a fresh and mineral note. Excellent as always. Tasted 8 times with consistent notes.
Drink now-2023
94p"

4y 2m ago

93p
 Jonas Sandberg, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Grande Cuvée 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"Stunning at this point. Plenty of power with lemon curd, orange peel, leading towards a super-crisp finish. "

4y 5m ago

93p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Grande Cuvée 1996  ( Billecart-Salmon )

"Medium-deep lemon-gold colour. Waxy and spicy, evolved and honeyed nose. Intensie and chewy. Monster on the palate, so intense , so firm and focused. So fresh, chewy monster.I like the harmony"

4y 6m ago

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