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Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend

9.426 ratings
9.44 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
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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
Lee Pitofsky

Richness, elegance, freshness, biscuits, roasted nuts, apple core.

Richness, elegance, freshness, biscuits, roasted nuts, apple core.

Nov 6th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Riper and intense with power and length . Not very elegant but rather a full-bodied Champagne .

Riper and intense with power and length . Not very elegant but rather a full-bodied Champagne .

Aug 1st, 2018
Manj Gunawardane

Pears, pie, rocks and honey. Just delicious and deep with some later mushroomy notes. Fabulous acidity as is usual for the house and wonderfully complex and giving!

Pears, pie, rocks and honey. Just delicious and deep with some later mushroomy notes. Fabulous acidity as is usual for the house and wonderfully complex and giving!

Aug 2nd, 2020
Rob Newell

About Dom quality but I believe more pinot. 2006

About Dom quality but I believe more pinot. 2006

Jul 6th, 2020
Christian Fischer

Celebrating week 14 :) at home. This one is still young and fresh with nice acidity. Lovely to drink on this hot summer night and the remaining bottles I bought will age beautifully over the coming years.

Celebrating week 14 :) at home. This one is still young and fresh with nice acidity. Lovely to drink on this hot summer night and the remaining bottles I bought will age beautifully over the coming years.

Jun 19th, 2020
Josh Weinstein

Pure, crisp, and balanced. Perfect acidity

Pure, crisp, and balanced. Perfect acidity

Mar 8th, 2020
Rob DeShane

This is delicate in both nose and on the palate. Long finish...simply delightful!

This is delicate in both nose and on the palate. Long finish...simply delightful!

Jan 1st, 2020
Paul K
9.6

60% Pinot noir 40% chard. Bottled in ‘07. Butter, dried fruit, nuts, apricot, honey, and white flowers. So good

60% Pinot noir 40% chard. Bottled in ‘07. Butter, dried fruit, nuts, apricot, honey, and white flowers. So good

Aug 7th, 2019