The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (Originally published in August 2020) (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020) — 3 days ago
Phenomenal, great texture and nose — 23 days ago
Good with salmon — 11 days ago
First wine in new apartment in Jacksonville. Drank with salmon bowl. — 20 hours ago
A plethora of fine, persistent bubbles in the glass. Really pretty golden straw color here. Big splashes of pear and apples up front with some delicious honey. Just a touch of wild strawberry and redcurrant express themselves but the creamy lemon aromas really set this baby off.
Billecart-Salmon is a known quantity. There are no real surprises here and honestly few champagnes can do that year in and year out without getting stale. They absolutely get it right. Taut structure with harmonious balance. Delicate yet forceful, this is a rich bubbly with plenty of depth and character.
Stone fruits introduce the intense palate with the customary brioche showing too. Roasted hazelnuts and dried herbs. The red fruits are particularly generous on the palate. A wonderfully attractive champagne. — a month ago
Well balanced and smooth, blackberry aftertaste. Goes well with red sauce pasta dish or salmon. — 3 days ago