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1996 Billecart-Salmon ‘Cuvée Nicolas François’

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One of the leading families of Champagne, this medium sized, high quality domain is one to be admired. Billecart-Salmon champagne has a fresh, clean and elegant style. They champion the use of the Meunier Grape which is often added to other cuvees without fanfare in other houses. The absolutely pristine winemaking facilities of Billecart-Salmon are located in Mareuil-Sur-Ay are overseen by multiple generations of the family as well as Chief winemaker Francois Domi. The house purposely ferments at a lower temperature, lengthening the ferment to weeks and not days as can be standard in Champagne, which helps capture the pristine nature of the fruit. Every step of the winemaking process at the house is artful, right down to the precision of the dosage which is unique for every disgorgement conducted in batches.

Since its first release in 1982, the Billecart-Slamon Grande Cuvee 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 cuvee deserves its title of “Grand Cru” thanks to the meticulous blend of grapes, exclusively from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grands crus.

Tasting Notes

95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Intense aromas of toasted brioche, apple crumble and apricots with cream plus a drizzle of honey. The palate provides superb concentration of pure apple and stone fruit flavours complimented by a little nuttiness. Very dry and crisp. Long finish adding some chalky / minerality. Still very youthful. Drink now to 2020+.

1996 Billecart-Salmon ‘Cuvée Nicolas François’