Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend

9.4460 ratings
9.4133 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
Ira Schwartz

Showing much less maturity than the Cuvée Elizabeth. A very apple cider and pear nose joined by hints of biscuit. An abundance of structure with the acidity acting like the big man on campus. Salivating inducing honey coated minerals that somehow does not stifle the concentrated fruit which pops up on a very extended finish.

Showing much less maturity than the Cuvée Elizabeth. A very apple cider and pear nose joined by hints of biscuit. An abundance of structure with the acidity acting like the big man on campus. Salivating inducing honey coated minerals that somehow does not stifle the concentrated fruit which pops up on a very extended finish.

Jun 8th, 2018
Jeff Loo

From Magnum. Amazingly precise and very pure. A gorgeous, yet young 2002 champers that is only going to get better over the next couple of decades.

From Magnum. Amazingly precise and very pure. A gorgeous, yet young 2002 champers that is only going to get better over the next couple of decades.

Jun 7th, 2018
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9.4

The 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart comes across as rich, powerful and opulent. This latest release of the 2002 was disgorged in July 2015 and finished with a Chardonnay-based liqueur whereas the previous release, disgorged in May 2014, was finished with a Pinot Noir-based liqueur. This is a distinctly vinous, almost shockingly raw, visceral Champagne from Billecart-Salmon. There is no shortage of volume or intensity, that is for sure. Stylistically, this year's release inhabits a whole other world relative to last year's release. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2016)

The 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart comes across as rich, powerful and opulent. This latest release of the 2002 was disgorged in July 2015 and finished with a Chardonnay-based liqueur whereas the previous release, disgorged in May 2014, was finished with a Pinot Noir-based liqueur. This is a distinctly vinous, almost shockingly raw, visceral Champagne from Billecart-Salmon. There is no shortage of volume or intensity, that is for sure. Stylistically, this year's release inhabits a whole other world relative to last year's release. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2016)

May 1st, 2018
Joe Carroll

Owner/Wine Director Spuyten Duyvil, Fette Sau, St. Anselm & Gotham Artisanal Provisions

9.1

A touch bitter

A touch bitter

Jan 17th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Last wine we tasted after our tour at Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the domains history and all the wines.

Bright golden yellow with tons of tiny bubbles. Thick nose with layers of honey, stone and white fruits, almonds and some lemon zest. Well rounded with high acidity (7.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Fresh, lively and zesty on the palate with layers of brioche, stone fruits, green apples and a touch of citrus. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2037.

Made up of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from the same plot every vintage. Only 20% is vinified in oak and also aged for 13 years on the lees.

Last wine we tasted after our tour at Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the domains history and all the wines.

Bright golden yellow with tons of tiny bubbles. Thick nose with layers of honey, stone and white fruits, almonds and some lemon zest. Well rounded with high acidity (7.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Fresh, lively and zesty on the palate with layers of brioche, stone fruits, green apples and a touch of citrus. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2037.

Made up of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from the same plot every vintage. Only 20% is vinified in oak and also aged for 13 years on the lees.

Dec 14th, 2017
Steven Morgan

Wine Director Formento's

9.6

Staggering wine. Layers of depth.

Staggering wine. Layers of depth.

Oct 24th, 2017
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