Champagne Billecart-Salmon / Champagne Brut Réserve (NV) / 750mL
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier
Geography: Champagne, France
"Very low dosage of 7g/L to respect the harmony and perfect balance. 40% of this cuvee is made of reserve wines to ensure consistency in style. Fresh pear and ripe fruit aromas. Focused and balanced with a long lingering finish developing yeasty and brioche notes."
Appearance : This cuvée, with reflections of straw yellow, stands out by the finesse of its slowly rising bubbles and its persistent and abounding mousse.
Aroma : Maturity touched with floral freshness for this cuvée that breathes aromas of fresh fruit and ripe pears.
Palate : A full and accurate flavour combined with a fine freshness and a rich bouquet bear witness to the ageing of this cuvée in the House’s traditional cellars.
Vinous - 90 points
(40% pinot meunier, 30% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay; L200352): Light, bright gold. Fresh red berries, orange zest and white flowers on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise, offering energetic redcurrant and blood orange flavors that show good concentration and a supple texture. A mineral nuance adds bite to the finish, with the floral note echoing. (Dec 2013)
James Suckling - 91 points
Plenty of ripe strawberries and wild raspberries on the nose here. Really attractive and vibrant in the mouth with fresh wild strawberries. It also shows a fleshy, fresh-fruit texture. Drink now. (Sep 2018)
Wine Spectator - 90 points
A minerally version, layering flavors of poached pear, slivered almond, black cherry and preserved lemon on the finely detailed mousse, firmed by a frame of steely acidity. Drink now. (Dec 15 2019)
Wine & Spirits - 91 points
This blend includes 40 percent pinot meunier, the balance equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay. Its remarkable fruitiness might be tied to the firm’s long, slow, cool fermentations, which, they believe, allow meunier to maintain its perfume. This is a graceful, vinous Champagne with dramatic high notes of roses and red fruit, finishing clean with a grounding of pale earthiness. It’s a lovely prediction of what Champagne might become in a warming climate. (Dec 2013)
Wine Advocate - 90 points
The Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Reserve is a blend of 40% Pinot Meunier (sourced in the Vallee de la Marne and the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay), 30% Chardonnay (from different villages along the Marne) and 30% Pinot Noir (from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallee de la Marne). The recent disgorgement from January 2018 is straw-yellow in color and based 40% on the 2015 harvest, with 60% of reserve wines. The result is a light and delicately fruity flavored cuvee with aromatic and spicy Pinot Meunier and redcurrant aromas intertwined with chalky expressions and notes of ripe pears and yeast. Round and fresh on the palate this is a light, finessed, elegant, very delicate and harmoniously fruity Brut with a stunningly intense, persistent, well-structured and purely salty finish. Very stimulating as a soloist, aperitif or with lighter dishes. Tasted from lot L 419A701 42836 in November 2018. (Dec 2018)
Wine Enthusiast - 90 points
The cuvee from this great Champagne producer is dry, fruity with a fine line of minerality. That is balanced by the apple and crisp citrus-fruit flavors coming together in a vibrant, textured wine. Drink now. (Dec 2020)