Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend

9.4430 ratings
9.4122 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Top Notes For
Morgan Harris

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

9.5

15 years young. None of the aggressive SO2 notes you often see in '99s from other relatively large houses. Just pure fruit with tons of horsepower, this is definitely showing and well right now. Toasty autolytic notes blend in seamlessly. This wine feels like good natural bottle age, no forced reduction (a la Ruinart) or oxidation edge (Krug, Bollinger). It has a long window in front of and it should age really gracefully. Impressive.

15 years young. None of the aggressive SO2 notes you often see in '99s from other relatively large houses. Just pure fruit with tons of horsepower, this is definitely showing and well right now. Toasty autolytic notes blend in seamlessly. This wine feels like good natural bottle age, no forced reduction (a la Ruinart) or oxidation edge (Krug, Bollinger). It has a long window in front of and it should age really gracefully. Impressive.

4 people found it helpfulDec 22nd, 2014
Mark Malpiede

Marketing Williams Selyem

10

Harvest has begun. Blessing of the grapes!

Harvest has begun. Blessing of the grapes!

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2014
Scott Reiner

Not fucking bad

Not fucking bad

1 person found it helpfulMay 6th, 2014
Austin Beeman

A glorious regal Champagne! // The color reflects shimmering shades of gold. The nose is baking bread with a glistening oil component and white peach preserves. Tastes of fresh baguettes in Paris, apricot skins, and gobs of crystalline acidity. Finish swoops and shimmies for a very long time. This is world class.

A glorious regal Champagne! // The color reflects shimmering shades of gold. The nose is baking bread with a glistening oil component and white peach preserves. Tastes of fresh baguettes in Paris, apricot skins, and gobs of crystalline acidity. Finish swoops and shimmies for a very long time. This is world class.

Jun 8th, 2017
Antonio Galloni

Founder, Vinous

9.4

In great shape. A bit on the sweet side, but absolutely delicious.

In great shape. A bit on the sweet side, but absolutely delicious.

Jun 6th, 2017
Lily Davis

French Wine Specialist at Ottorink Weinbar

9.0

A disappointment. Lovely flavors but the pearl was weak. Possibly an older disgorgement date or improperly stored. Or the French are shipping the meh stuff to Germany. 1999 should be fresh and zippy and full of life. C'est la vie...

A disappointment. Lovely flavors but the pearl was weak. Possibly an older disgorgement date or improperly stored. Or the French are shipping the meh stuff to Germany. 1999 should be fresh and zippy and full of life. C'est la vie...

Nov 26th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Like the citrus with the toffee nut notes.

Like the citrus with the toffee nut notes.

Oct 23rd, 2016
Andrew Whittle

Co-Owner/Director Summit Estate Wines

9.4

Very nice! Toast & toffee with layers of white fruits - still years ahead of it.

Very nice! Toast & toffee with layers of white fruits - still years ahead of it.

Jun 11th, 2016
Ryan Wofford

Crisp yet creamy lemon curd, toffee, touch of yeast. Just lovely '99 vintage to celebrate #5yrAnniversary

Crisp yet creamy lemon curd, toffee, touch of yeast. Just lovely '99 vintage to celebrate #5yrAnniversary

May 21st, 2016
Holly Anderson

Toast on top of creme brûlée. Meyer lemon, flinty on nose. Super complex, layers, delish.

Toast on top of creme brûlée. Meyer lemon, flinty on nose. Super complex, layers, delish.

Jan 1st, 2016