Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend

9.4624 ratings
9.4177 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
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David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

This is really delicious...can’t believe it was on sale under $100.

Happy New Year All. 🍾🥂🥳🎉🎊 Goodbye 2020!

Previous notes from 2 months or so will work.

12.31.2020

This is really delicious...can’t believe it was on sale under $100.

Happy New Year All. 🍾🥂🥳🎉🎊 Goodbye 2020!

Previous notes from 2 months or so will work.

12.31.2020

Jan 1st, 2021
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9.7

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)

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)

Nov 20th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Nose reveals macerated fruits of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice, limestone & volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, notes of melted brown sugar with white flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The mouthfeel is lush & beautiful. The mousse so soft. The acidity is finely focused & lively. Slightly less (than the nose) macerated fruits notes of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice with perfect razor blade penetration on the tongue, Fine limestone & grey volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, melted caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, used wood presence, notes of melted brown sugar with brighter white flowers, jasmine, mixed greens, and yellow lilies than the nose.

Steal at $99.

Nose reveals macerated fruits of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice, limestone & volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, notes of melted brown sugar with white flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The mouthfeel is lush & beautiful. The mousse so soft. The acidity is finely focused & lively. Slightly less (than the nose) macerated fruits notes of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice with perfect razor blade penetration on the tongue, Fine limestone & grey volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, melted caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, used wood presence, notes of melted brown sugar with brighter white flowers, jasmine, mixed greens, and yellow lilies than the nose.

Steal at $99.

Oct 24th, 2020
Mike R
9.7

Brilliant - shared with @David L

Brilliant - shared with @David L

Jul 13th, 2020
David L

2002 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne.
Blackberry, apricot, white peaches ,honey, oyster shell flavors, a smear of crushed stone.
What an elegant Champagne. Highly recommend.
@Mike R Want to thank you so very much for opening your house to me. Greeting me with this sensational champagne. Love you brother! 

2002 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne.
Blackberry, apricot, white peaches ,honey, oyster shell flavors, a smear of crushed stone.
What an elegant Champagne. Highly recommend.
@Mike R Want to thank you so very much for opening your house to me. Greeting me with this sensational champagne. Love you brother! 

Jul 13th, 2020
Jeff Collins

Owner Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants and Benchmark Provisions

9.3

In magnum

In magnum

Jul 12th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2002 Billecart-Salmon ‘"Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne (WWB, 95) which has a massive mouthfeel and glorious texture right now. This vintage is just thrilling to enjoy right now, made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and resting for ten years on the lees. A bright beam of salinity falls over the limestone driven terroir, as Pink Lady Apple, kumquat zest and cinnamon infused sourdough bread flavors collide with minerals and the unctuous texture on the mouth. Generous, showing glorious length now at nearly the twenty year mark, this gorgeous bottling will have a long life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2035- 95

The 2002 Billecart-Salmon ‘"Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne (WWB, 95) which has a massive mouthfeel and glorious texture right now. This vintage is just thrilling to enjoy right now, made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and resting for ten years on the lees. A bright beam of salinity falls over the limestone driven terroir, as Pink Lady Apple, kumquat zest and cinnamon infused sourdough bread flavors collide with minerals and the unctuous texture on the mouth. Generous, showing glorious length now at nearly the twenty year mark, this gorgeous bottling will have a long life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2035- 95

May 27th, 2020
Conrad Green

This is in a good place. Very polished. Bright flavors of light lemon a rounded yeastiness. Quite light and airy. Very nice- probably in its prime right now

This is in a good place. Very polished. Bright flavors of light lemon a rounded yeastiness. Quite light and airy. Very nice- probably in its prime right now

Feb 9th, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.4

Beautifully delicate and refined! Delicious

Beautifully delicate and refined! Delicious

Dec 5th, 2019
Bob McDonald

At The Come Taste The Stars Dinner hosted by Tyson Stelzer. Another 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. Quite BdB - very lemony and Chardonnay in style. So fresh and young - you would never pick this as 17 years of age. Aged 13 years on Lees. Evolving at glacial pace with developing layers of complexity. Will mature to 2030. A wonderful Champagne from the excellent 2002 vintage. At Montrachet Restaurant in Brisbane.

At The Come Taste The Stars Dinner hosted by Tyson Stelzer. Another 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. Quite BdB - very lemony and Chardonnay in style. So fresh and young - you would never pick this as 17 years of age. Aged 13 years on Lees. Evolving at glacial pace with developing layers of complexity. Will mature to 2030. A wonderful Champagne from the excellent 2002 vintage. At Montrachet Restaurant in Brisbane.

Oct 11th, 2019